Innovation in Policy, Services and Practice
Supporting Innovation in Policy, Services and Practice
The complex and ever-changing nature of the lives of children and families demands policies, services and practices that are dynamic and flexible. The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre has established strong credibility in supporting policy makers, service managers and practitioners to develop and implement new ideas in their work. Central to this objective is the application of research to inform practice and policy and the translation of knowledge into an evidence-informed approach to children’s services. Alongside this, an ethos of reflective practice underpins and informs a culture of stakeholder engagement in using and learning from evidence.
This strand of the UNESCO Centre’s work is built on expertise in children and family policy, research, evaluation and programme planning, and training and facilitation. It reflects the UNESCO Centre’s central commitment to improving children’s lives through better connecting the worlds of research, policy and practice. Much of the work undertaken within this strand is practical, leading to concrete policies, plans and documents.
Our work within this theme includes:
- Focused review of key policy areas relating to children and families
- Supporting policy makers in the development of new policies / policy documents
- Facilitating organisations in developing and designing new services and in modifying existing services
- Advising services on planning and evaluation
- Offering focused training for service providers
Embedded throughout our research and evaluation reports are a multitude of recommendations towards improving policies, services and practices but some more specific examples of our work under this theme are:
- Support to the DCYA in developing The Agenda for Children’s Services: A Policy Handbook and the High Level Statement on Parenting and Family Support
- Collaborative work with HSE / Tusla in developing a suite of guidance documents for Tusla’s activities in prevention and Family Support
- Training on Family Support Practice for the National Family Resource Centre Programme
- Evaluability Assessment for the ‘Youngballymun’ prevention and early intervention programme (with the Children’s Research Centre, TCD): Evaluation of the Community Safety Initiative of the CDI
- Development of ‘How Are We Doing: An Evaluation Resource’ for Foróige Staff