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Implementation Guide and Toolkit for National Clinical Guidelines

Posted September 20, 2018

Clinical guidelines are developed to improve the health and safety of patients. While guidelines are informed by the best available evidence and strong quality criteria, it can be challenging to implement them. This guide and toolkit was produced by CES together with the National Clincal Effectiveness Committee (Department of Health) to support health professionals, managers and clinical staff to implement National Clinical Guidelines. The Guide contains a range of tools, which were adapted to meet the needs of staff involved in developing and implementing guidelines and the context in which they work.

‘15 Days’ – a story about collaborative problem solving in public services

Posted August 14, 2018

A story about the Youth Mental Health Pathfinder Project - a cross government approach to tackling youth mental health.

Impact of Alcohol Exploring the Learning from Elsewhere

Posted August 14, 2018

This is a review of selected examples of national and international best practice, entitled ‘Impact of Alcohol: Exploring the Learning from Elsewhere’.  The review draws on interventions designed to support individuals at different stages in their relationship with alcohol from early intervention to chronic, long term use.

Impact of Alcohol: Capturing the Learning

Posted August 13, 2018

This is the second of three publications for the Big Lottery Impact of Alcohol programme. It presents the knowledge and learning developed or expanded upon during the programme.  An implementation lens is used to explore the learning emerging at different stages of projects.

Impact of Alcohol Conference Report

Posted June 25, 2018

This is a report of the ‘Impact of Alcohol: What Next?’ Conference held in November 2017. A range of key stakeholders from the statutory and community sectors reflected on pertinent policy, commissioning and practice issues and delegates created a series of action plans aimed at tackling alcohol misuse more effectively.

Youth mental health in Ireland and Northern Ireland - An Access Evidence Literature Review

Posted March 28, 2018

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of youth mental health. This literature review draws from research literature on youth mental health, and data from services in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We identify some key messages about emerging trends in youth mental health in Ireland and Northern Ireland which are relevant to frontline practitioners working with children and young people, such as teachers, social workers and youth workers. We also highlight some findings from research on effective approaches, and implications for frontline practice.

Implementation Specialist Practice Profile

Posted August 15, 2017

This resource will be of interest to intermediary organisations who provide implementation support to policy makers, service providers and practitioners.  It outlines the skills and competencies that implementation specialists need to build the capacity of practitioners and other groups, so that they can implement policies, interventions and approaches effectively. The Implementation Specialist Practice Profile was created in 2017 by the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA together with CES, and this is the first working draft of the profile.

An Implementation Case Study of Student Universal Support Ireland

Posted August 13, 2017

This report, produced by CES in 2015, documents the learning from implementation of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) in 2012. The report analyses implementation of the scheme through the lens of implementation science concepts, such as stages and enablers. It examines the challenges of quickly implementing major reforms in the context of significant financial and staffing constraints. The report will be of particular interest to policymakers and commissioners who are considering or planning new programmes or major reforms.

Implementing Evidence-Based Programmes in Children’s Services

Posted July 08, 2017

This report, written by Meg Wiggins and colleagues for the UK Department for Education in 2012, aims to summarise important issues that should be considered by those implementing new programmes to increase the chances of success. Drawing mainly on the Active Implementation Framework, it highlights key lessons and challenges around planning for implementation, scaling up and sustainability. Several international examples of implementing evidence-based programmes for children and families are included. This report will be of particular interest to policy-makers, senior managers and funders who are implementing new programmes.

On the right track: inclusion and diversity outcomes report

Posted June 29, 2017

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report  includes findings from evaluations of five programmes focused on inclusion and diversity.

Knowledge and Learning for Social Projects Aiming to Grow or ‘Scale-Up’

Posted June 25, 2017

This guide, produced in 2018 by the UK-based New Philanthropies Capital (NPC), with support from NESTA and the Big Lottery Fund, addresses three broad ‘Knowledge and Learning’ questions for projects that are aiming to grow or scale up – Does the project work and can it make a positive difference to people’s lives? How does it actually work? and How can we make it work at scale? This guide will be particularly relevant for policymakers and service providers who are interested in developing a learning organisational culture to assist with scaling projects.

Implementation of Programme and Policy Initiatives

Posted June 10, 2017

This better practice guide was developed jointly by the Australian National Audit Office and the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in October 2006. It focuses mainly on the planning and development stages of implementation leading up to an initiative being delivered. The guide presents key questions for managers regarding several areas of implementation, including: risk management; implementation planning; and monitoring and review. The guide is intended for, and most relevant to, public sector chief executives and senior officers responsible for overseeing the implementation of initiatives.

From News to Everyday Use - The Difficult Art of Implementation

Posted June 08, 2017

This report was written in 2008 by Karin Gulbrandsson for the Swedish Institute of Public Health. It includes a review of implementation research on how new innovations are introduced, disseminated and implemented. Topics covered include organisational capacity for change and the role of individual change agents. These are explored through examples from public health and local government, and summarised in a useful checklist for those thinking about implementation. This resource will be useful for policymakers and service providers looking for introductory materials on implementation science.

On the right track: parenting outcomes report

Posted March 15, 2017

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report includes findings from evaluations of fifteen programmes focused on parenting.

Coaching and Mentoring - An Access Evidence Report

Posted March 14, 2017

A review of the literature on coaching and mentoring. This report is part of the Access Evidence series for frontline practitioners.

On the right track: Child health summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve child health outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in parenting outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on child health outcomes.

On the right track: Children's learning summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve children’s learning outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in learning outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on children’s learning outcomes.

On the right track: Parenting summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve parenting outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in parenting outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on parenting outcomes.

On the right track: Child behaviour summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve child behaviour outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in behavioural outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report on child behaviour outcomes.

On the right track: children's learning outcomes report

Posted September 13, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report includes findings from evaluations of seventeen programmes focused on children’s learning.

On the right track: improving child behaviour outcomes report

Posted September 13, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report  includes findings from evaluations of fourteen different programmes focused on children’s behaviour.

Childhood Adversity - Outcomes, Risks and Resilience - An Access Evidence Report

Posted September 07, 2016

This report contains a rapid review of the literature in the area of childhood adversity and how it affects children during their lives. Implications for frontline practitioners working with children and young people are also included.The appendices to the report include frameworks, assessments, online resources and evidence-based and evidence-informed programmes which may be of interest to practitioners working with families, children and young people facing some form of adversity.

The report is the first in the Access Evidence series, and is accompanied by a shorter summary of the literature and implications for practitioners.

Childhood Adversity - An Access Evidence Summary

Posted September 05, 2016

This report is the first of the Access Evidence series produced by CES. The aim is to produce evidence based resources to support frontline practitioners, working with children, young people and families.

This summary outlines the learning from research literature about childhood adversity, and some implications for frontline practice. Practitioners who come across children and young people in their work can play an important role in recognising adversity, intervening early and supporting children and their families to deal with its effects. 

The summary is based on a longer review of the literature about childhood adversity.

Early Years: Driving Quality and Challenging Poverty - ABC Learning Community Report

Posted July 27, 2016

On February 17th 2016, the ABC Learning Community held a conference in Dublin Castle, entitled Early Years: Driving Quality and Challenging Poverty, an ABC Practice to Policy Event.

The ABC Learning Community is convened by CES and provides a platform for ABC areas and stakeholders in the ABC Programme to share learning, knowledge and practice, and to support one another to deliver effective and integrated services. This event report outlines the day’s proceedings, which included keynote speakers, a panel discussion, workshops and a closing plenary with key messages.

Building relationships with detained young people to improve pro social outcomes

Posted June 30, 2016

In 2014 CES was commissioned to work with Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Oberstown is a national facility based in Lusk which provides safe and secure environment to young people under the age of 18 who have been sentenced by the courts. Relationships between staff and young people in Oberstown were identified as an important factor in improving their lives. A first phase of the work which CES conducted involved reviewing learning on what works for children and young people in similar settings.This publication outlines a ‘conceptual model of relationship building’ and describes the various elements involved in this model. When implemented together, these elements can support young people in detention to develop their communication skills and confidence, help them to plan and solve problems, encourage creativity and innovation, self-control and improve their health and wellbeing in the long term.

Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years – Research and Practice

Posted June 20, 2016

‘Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years – Research and Practice’ is a new publication produced by CES together with the Institute of Public Health (IPH).

The early years is a critical period for child health and wellbeing. Children who grow up with positive and secure relationships with their caregivers, in safe, secure and stimulating environments that promote child development, are more likely to be happy and healthy. They are also more likely to experience better physical and mental health, greater educational achievement, and more economic security. Children experiencing social disadvantage are less likely to experience these outcomes due to a range of factors which impact on the conditions in which they are born and grow. This book explores how prevention and early intervention approaches can contribute to tackling these social inequalities and improve children’s outcomes, before they become embedded and costly.

Implementing public service reform : Messages from the literature

Posted March 15, 2016

This report highlights some emerging messages from the literature and CES’s experience of working with government departments and agencies to support implementation of policy initiatives across the public service. The report identifies some ‘supportive factors’ which help in implementing effective public service reform.  These will be useful to leaders and managers. Findings in the report draw on case studies of public service reform in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and European countries.

Youth Work Employability Conference Report

Posted December 17, 2015

In March 2015 the Youth Council for Northern Ireland hosted ‘Youth Work + Employability – a European issue and a European perspective’. The seminar looked at the impact of youth work on helping young people to gain employment.  European contributors came from Belgium, Estonia, Germany and Ireland, and representatives from 25 organisations in Northern Ireland attended. 

This interactive report is based on the seminar, and includes links to presentations and resources from the event. 

A review of effectiveness of interagency collaboration at the early intervention stage

Posted December 11, 2015

This review of the literature on the effectiveness of interagency collaboration at the early intervention stage was commissioned by the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership located at the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Early Intervention Transformation Programme. It is based on published literature from 2005 onwards, focusing particularly on reviews and large-scale evaluations of programmes based on interagency collaboration.From the eight reviews of interagency collaboration selected for this review, a range of benefits are identified and categorised into those for children, young people and families; those for professionals, and those for agencies.

Prevention and Early Intervention in children and young people’s services: Ten Years of Learning

Posted October 30, 2015

This report summarises the learning emerging from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. It is a summary of six outcome reports published by CES based on the findings from evaluations of services and interventions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The outcome reports focus on findings in parenting, children’s learning, improving child behaviour, child health and development, promoting inclusion and organisational learning.  The report highlights eight key messages emerging from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. 

Commissioning in Human, Social and Community Services - A rapid evidence review

Posted September 01, 2015

In April 2015, CES was commissioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to conduct an evidence review to inform a consultation process about a commissioning model for Ireland. This work required CES to do a ‘rapid review’ of the evidence base for commissioning in human, social and community services. Four different government departments are leading out on this initiative, they include the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Primer on Implementing Whole of Government Approaches

Posted March 01, 2015

In 2014, CES reviewed experience of whole of government approaches in Ireland and other countries.  Whole of government is often referred to as ‘cross-government’ work or ‘joined up government’. A whole of government approach involves government departments, agencies, providers and other stakeholders working together in a co-ordinated way on critical tasks. Whole of government is more established in other parts of the world where governments are committed to working this way.   The Primer on Whole of Government Approaches examines the challenges of whole of government work, and what governments have put in place for it to be effective.  This publication highlights how international experience, along with learning about the importance of implementation can help policy makers to undertake effective whole of government work.  The Primer was launched in Belfast in June 2015. 

A Brief Review of Approaches to Oral Language Development

Posted December 01, 2014

Speech and language skills are fundamental to learning, development and communication and predict educational success later in life. Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this report considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

The review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme but its findings and recommendations are relevant to speech and language services more generally.

Enhancing the Contribution of Youth Organisations to Youth Employment

Posted July 02, 2014

In 2014 the CES, together with Foroige, the National Youth Council of Ireland and Youth Work Ireland held a seminar on Enhancing the Contribution of Youth Organisations to Youth Employment. This seminar report was compiled by John Bamber and Ellen Garvey.

Ideas in Action in Youth Work - Practice

Posted May 01, 2014

Ideas in Action in Youth Work is a flexible and practical resource in which the theory underpinning youth work meets practice. The resource was designed to respond to the gap that youth workers identified between theory and practice as it is experienced in the field. This two part resource includes information about the theory of youth work, along with practical applications.

Ideas in Action in Youth Work - Theory

Posted May 01, 2014

Ideas in Action in Youth Work is a flexible and practical resource in which the theory underpinning youth work meets practice. The resource was designed to respond to the gap that youth workers identified between theory and practice as it is experienced in the field. This two part resource includes information about the theory of youth work, along with practical applications.

Capturing the Learning: Child Health and Development Outcomes Report

Posted September 01, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s health and development? This report outlines eight key messages and eight recommendations about children’s health and development. The paper outlines how greater connections between services can benefit children and their families. Programmes which support parents can also bring about better health and development outcomes for children.

Capturing the Learning: Promoting Inclusion

Posted August 17, 2013

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about promoting inclusion? Children can form attitudes from an early age about people based on their ethnicity, religion, or disability. This report gathers findings from three evaluations about how programmes can promote inclusion and bring about positive changes for individual children, their families and communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Capturing the Learning: Improving Child Behaviour Outcomes

Posted February 14, 2013

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about influencing child behaviour? Good social and emotional skills are important for children to do well in life. This report gathers the findings from evaluations of nine programmes funded under the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. The findings suggest that both universal and targeted services can have a positive impact on children’s behaviour.

Capturing the Learning: Children's Learning Outcomes

Posted February 13, 2013

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s learning? Education helps children to reach their full potential and to become economically independent. This report gathers findings from ten initiatives in Ireland and Northern Ireland aimed at improving children’s experiences of learning and their educational outcomes.

Capturing the Learning: Parenting Outcomes

Posted December 14, 2012

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about how to support parents? Parents play a critical role in their child’s development, both before and after birth. Parenting programmes can help to improve children’s wellbeing. This report gathers the findings from evaluations of nine Parenting Programmes in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and identifies what works in parenting programmes.

Capturing the Learning: Organisational Learning Outcomes

Posted October 18, 2012

What have organisations involved in the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative learned about planning and designing services for children and young people? This report summarises the learning from sixteen organisations funded under the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. Preparation, strong leadership, implementation planning and staff capacity are just some of the elements that organisations highlighted.

A Systematic Map of the Research in Youth Work

Posted March 01, 2012

This report was commissioned by CES on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and produced by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre in London. The report brings together international research on the impact of youth work.

A review of the international evidence on interagency working

Posted August 01, 2011

Interagency working and information sharing between services has been highlighted nationally and internationally in recent years as important for improving services for children and young people.

In 2010, the Centre for Effective Services commissioned the Thomas Coram Research Unit of the Institute of Education London, on behalf of the Office of the Minster for Children and Youth Affairs (now the Department of Children and Youth Affairs), to complete this literature review. The primary aim was to contribute to the evidence base for developing Children's Services Committees in Ireland (now Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC)); committees that bring together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services for children and young people to jointly plan and co-ordinate their services.

Learning from experience to inform the future

Posted May 01, 2010

Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in Ireland. Four committees, that bring together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people, were established initially in 2007 on a pilot basis to explore the potential for interagency working.

This report by CES presents the findings from the early implementation of Children and Young Peoples Services Committees in these pilot areas and informed the development of Committees in other counties across Ireland. Twenty two Children and Young Peoples Services Committees have now been established across Ireland.