The core aims of research undertaken or commissioned by the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB) is to ensure that our work is evidence based and to help to strengthen the knowledge base of the child care sector. Strategic actions to be taken to achieve these aims include the following:
- Collecting, collating and analysing relevant data and making it available to the child care sector to support decision making;
- Developing a research capacity through effective utilisation of internal resources and creating strong links with academic institutions and research centres nationally and internationally;
- Developing initiatives that make research accessible to practitioners, managers and policy makers;
- Developing the research agenda and ensuring appropriate research projects are undertaken;
- Developing and utilising a wide range of approaches to disseminating research findings;
- Prioritising action based research that supports practical and pragmatic responses.
The CAAB recently commenced a process to develop initiatives, in partnership with relevant organisations, to make research results more accessible to practitioners, managers and policy makers - more information will be provided on this process as it develops. The CAAB are also helping organisations to integrate evidence into specific practices and services with advice and assistance through evidence integration projects such as ‘Case Management’ with An Garda Síochána, ‘A Different Response Model’ with the Health Service Executive and ‘Restorative Practices’ with the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána.
Research Briefings and Executive Summaries from research reports completed or commissioned by the CAAB will be available to download along with the full research reports when the projects are completed. As part of the CAAB’s quality assurance process each research project is overseen by an inter-agency steering committee and once completed is independently peer reviewed. You can access information on ongoing or past research projects by clicking on Research Projects.
In the near future this website will provide online searchable databases on relevant topics such as research literature on inter-agency cooperation in children’s services, and Irish research literature on children in detention and out of home care. These databases will provide links to the literature that is available to download online. Links to research and searchable research databases produced by other organisations will also be available soon through a ‘Putting Research Evidence to Work Gateway (PREW)’.