Cormac Forkan

Lecturer Below The Bar B.A. (Hons), M.A., Ph.D.

Contact Details

Lecturer
Political Science & Sociology
1003
Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), Dangan,
NUI Galway
Galway

T: +353 91 493653
E: cormac.forkan@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Cormac has been a lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology since October 2002. He is the Programme Director for the BA Youth and Family Studies (GY120).  Cormac is also affiliated with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway and has acted as the lead researcher on a number of significant national research Projects. Prior to joining NUI Galway, Cormac lectured in the Waterford Institute of Technology on the Applied Social Studies Course (Social Care). He started his professional career as a Youth Worker for Foróige, the National Youth Development Organisation.

Research Interests

Cormac is a member of the Children, Youth and Families Research Cluster within the School of Political Science and Sociology and an active researcher in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.  His primary research interests are:

• Youth work, youth cafes and adolescent development;

• Utilising the arts to facilitate learning among primary school children;

• Tracking social support to build an evidence-base in community-based youth and

family interventions.

• Developing real time (momentary assessment) data collection methods with young people, using mobile phone technology

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Rita Melia Employment Based Postrgraduate Programme Cormac Forkan 01-FEB-15 30-SEP-17
IMPACT OF THE YOUTH CAFE INITIATIVE CORMAN FORKAN LIAM COEN 01-NOV-12 01-MAY-15
CORMAC FORKAN MILLENNIUM FUND 01-JUL-11 01-SEP-15

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2002) 'Practice Placements: A Cornerstone for Child and Youth Care Training'
Forkan, C., McElwee, N. (2002) 'Practice Placements: A Cornerstone for Child and Youth Care Training'. Child And Youth Care Forum, 31 (6) [Details]
(2003) 'Primary Caregivers' Experiences of Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland'
Wolfe, J., Gogarty, N., Wolfe, N., Gleeson, J., Corby, M., Forkan, C. (2003) 'Primary Caregivers' Experiences of Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland'. Frontline, 53 [Details]
(2006) 'Traveller Children and Education: Progress and Problems'
Forkan, C. (2006) 'Traveller Children and Education: Progress and Problems'. Youth Studies Ireland, 1 (1):77-92 [Details]
(2008) 'Building the Perceived Social Support of Adolescents Via The Classroom'
Forkan, C. (2008) 'Building the Perceived Social Support of Adolescents Via The Classroom'. Learn, 30 :35-45 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2000) Worthy not Worthwhile - Choosing Careers in Caring Occupations. Waterford: Centre for Social Care Research, Waterford Institute of Technology.
Wells, J.S.G., Ryan, D., McElwee, C.N., Boyce, M., Forkan, C. (2000) Worthy not Worthwhile - Choosing Careers in Caring Occupations. Waterford: Centre for Social Care Research, Waterford Institute of Technology. Waterford: Centre for Social Care Research. [Details]
(2011) Evidence-Based Practice in Youth and Family Interventions: Building Evidence on How to Support Adolescents through a Comparative Tracking of their Perceived Social Support Outcomes. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
Forkan, C. (2011) Evidence-Based Practice in Youth and Family Interventions: Building Evidence on How to Support Adolescents through a Comparative Tracking of their Perceived Social Support Outcomes. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(1999) 'The Eyes are Windows to the Soul: An Exploration of Public and Private Catholicity Amongst Youth at the Close of the Second Millennium in the Republic of Ireland'
Forkan, C. McElwee, C.N. (1999) 'The Eyes are Windows to the Soul: An Exploration of Public and Private Catholicity Amongst Youth at the Close of the Second Millennium in the Republic of Ireland' In: Humanities in the Waterford Institute of Technology - Essays in honour of Tony Scott. Waterford: Waterford Institute of Technology. [Details]
(2005) 'Enabling young people through consultation'
Forkan, C. (2005) 'Enabling young people through consultation' In: Applied Social Care. An Introduction for Irish Students. Dublin: Gill & McMillan. [Details]
(2012) 'Community-based youth and family interventions. Moving from evidence-informed to evidence-based practice'
Forkan, C. (2012) 'Community-based youth and family interventions. Moving from evidence-informed to evidence-based practice' In: Community Development in Ireland, theory, policy and practice. Dublin: Gill & McMillan. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2005) Joint Education Development Initiative (JEDI) - An Audit of Issues relating to Early School Leavers in the Greater Blanchardstown Area, Dublin.
Forkan, C (2005) Joint Education Development Initiative (JEDI) - An Audit of Issues relating to Early School Leavers in the Greater Blanchardstown Area, Dublin. Fingal County Council and the JEDI Committee, Sligo / Dublin. [Details]
(2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 3: Summary Report.
Dolan, P., Brady, B., O’Regan, C., Canavan, J., Russell, D. & Forkan, C. (2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 3: Summary Report. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre on behalf of Foróige, NUI Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report One: Randomised Control Trial and Implementation Report.
Dolan, P., Brady, B., O'REgan, C., Russell, D., Canavan, J., Forkan, C. (2013) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report One: Randomised Control Trial and Implementation Report. Foroige, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) The BELONG Programme. Final Evaluation Report.
Dolan, P., Canavan, J., McGarry, O., Forkan, C., Coen, L., Fives, A., Robins, L. and O'Sullivan, P. (2014) The BELONG Programme. Final Evaluation Report. STEP, Dungannon. [Details]
(2015) An operational profile and exploration of the perceived benefits of the youth cafe model in Ireland.
Forkan, C., Brady, B., Moran, L., Coen, L. (2015) An operational profile and exploration of the perceived benefits of the youth cafe model in Ireland. Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) Final Evaluation Report of the Differential Response Model, North Dublin.
Landy, F., Canavan, J. & Forkan, C. (2015) Final Evaluation Report of the Differential Response Model, North Dublin. TUSLA, Dublin / Galway. [Details]
(1999) Rural Youth Work in County Wexford. An Analysis of a Survey Conducted to Identify Current Youth Work Provision and Needs.
Devlin. M., Forkan, C., Percival, H., (1999) Rural Youth Work in County Wexford. An Analysis of a Survey Conducted to Identify Current Youth Work Provision and Needs. County Wexford Rural Youth Forum, Wexford. [Details]
(1999) Foroige's Millennium Research 2000-Preliminary findings of a Comprehensive Study on Youth Needs Approaching the New Millennium. Dublin: Foroige, The National Youth Development Organisation.
Cleary, M., McDonald, G., Forkan C. (1999) Foroige's Millennium Research 2000-Preliminary findings of a Comprehensive Study on Youth Needs Approaching the New Millennium. Dublin: Foroige, The National Youth Development Organisation. Foroige, Dublin. [Details]
(1999) Foroige - Challenge 2000. Dublin: Foroige, The National Youth Development Organisation.
Cleary, M., McDonald, G., Forkan C. (1999) Foroige - Challenge 2000. Dublin: Foroige, The National Youth Development Organisation. Foroige, Dublin. [Details]
(2001) Needs, Concerns and Social Exclusion - The Millennium and Beyond.
Forkan, C. (2001) Needs, Concerns and Social Exclusion - The Millennium and Beyond. Centre for Social Care Research, WIT, Waterford. [Details]
(2002) Childcare Taskforce Survey - A Research Study Investigating Local Childcare Needs.
Forkan, C. (2002) Childcare Taskforce Survey - A Research Study Investigating Local Childcare Needs. Larchville and Lisduggan CDP, Waterford. [Details]
(2003) Youth Perspectives. Dublin: Foroige and BYS.
Forkan, C. (2003) Youth Perspectives. Dublin: Foroige and BYS. Foroige, Dublin. [Details]
(2003) Understanding the Needs and Lifestyles of our Elderly. The results of a survey investigating the need for the provision of sheltered housing for the elderly in Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Forkan, C. (2003) Understanding the Needs and Lifestyles of our Elderly. The results of a survey investigating the need for the provision of sheltered housing for the elderly in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Tramore Development Trust Sheltered Housing Committee, Waterford. [Details]
(2003) Family Support and Advocacy. The results of a study investigating the need for the provision of an advocacy service for families in Waterford City.
Forkan, C. (2003) Family Support and Advocacy. The results of a study investigating the need for the provision of an advocacy service for families in Waterford City. Waterford Family Support Sector, Waterford. [Details]
(2004) An Evaluation of Service Provision by Sligo Social Service Council Ltd.
Forkan, C., Walsh, M. (2004) An Evaluation of Service Provision by Sligo Social Service Council Ltd. Sligo Social Services, Sligo. [Details]
(2007) Where is the Final Dividend? Traveller Culture, Institutional Practices and Societal Expectations. The Education of Traveller Children in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
Forkan, C. (2007) Where is the Final Dividend? Traveller Culture, Institutional Practices and Societal Expectations. The Education of Traveller Children in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Blanchardstown Traveller Development Group, Dublin. [Details]
(2008) An Evaluation of the Sligo Springboard Resource House Project.
Forkan, C. (2008) An Evaluation of the Sligo Springboard Resource House Project. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, in association with the HSE, Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) An Evaluation of the Educational Action Research Project, Athlone.
Forkan, C. (2009) An Evaluation of the Educational Action Research Project, Athlone. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, in association with ACT, Athlone, Athlone. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Devaney, C. & Dolan, P (2010) Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide,. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Dolan, P., Bradley, C., Brady, B., Carty, C., Coen, L., Devaney, C., Kearns, N., Kenny, A., Merriman, B. and O'Regan, C. (2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide,. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) North Dublin Differential Response Model Early Implementation Report.
Canavan, J., Landy, F. & Forkan, C. (2011) North Dublin Differential Response Model Early Implementation Report. Child and Family Research Centre, Galway. [Details]
(2011) The BELONG Programme; An Early Implementation Evaluation Report. CFRC, NUI Galway.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J. & O'Sulivan, P. (2011) The BELONG Programme; An Early Implementation Evaluation Report. CFRC, NUI Galway. STEP, Dungannon. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland: Evaluation Study, Report Two: Qualitative Evidence, CFRC, NUI Galway.
Dolan, P., Brady, B., O'Regan, C., Canavan, J., Forkan, C. & Russell, D. (2013) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland: Evaluation Study, Report Two: Qualitative Evidence, CFRC, NUI Galway. Foroige, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) An Evaluation of the Identification of Need (ION) Process in Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal. CFRC, NUI Galway.
Forkan, C. & Landy, F. (2011) An Evaluation of the Identification of Need (ION) Process in Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal. CFRC, NUI Galway. Sligo Social Services, Sligo. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2014) Youth Cafes - Exploring developments since 2010. Presented at the 'What's Working for Young People', International Conference, Dublin.
Dr. Cormac Forkan, Dr. Bernadine Brady and Dr. Lisa Moran (2014) Youth Cafes - Exploring developments since 2010. Presented at the 'What's Working for Young People', International Conference, Dublin. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Youth Cafes in Ireland: Sharing the Learning since 2010 at the Youth Cafe Capital Programme Support Event, Dublin. Organised by POBAL.
Dr. Cormac Forkan, Dr. Bernadine Brady and Dr. Lisa Moran (2014) Youth Cafes in Ireland: Sharing the Learning since 2010 at the Youth Cafe Capital Programme Support Event, Dublin. Organised by POBAL. Conference Paper [Details]
(2000) National Identity in Ireland for the New Millennium - A Comparative Study. Understanding the Social World.
Forkan, C. (2000) National Identity in Ireland for the New Millennium - A Comparative Study. Understanding the Social World. University of Huddersfield, UK: Conference Paper [Details]
(2000) Self Identification and Irish National Identity - A Comparative Exploration of Ethno-Civic Identity. Sociological Association of Ireland, Annual Conference.
Forkan, C. (2000) Self Identification and Irish National Identity - A Comparative Exploration of Ethno-Civic Identity. Sociological Association of Ireland, Annual Conference. Kilkenny: Conference Paper [Details]
(2001) Assessing, Monitoring and Evaluating CYC Student Practicums. Creating Caring Professionals - Exploring New Horizons; Child and Youth Care Association, Canada.
Forkan, C. (2001) Assessing, Monitoring and Evaluating CYC Student Practicums. Creating Caring Professionals - Exploring New Horizons; Child and Youth Care Association, Canada. Mount Royal College, Calgary, Canada: Conference Paper [Details]
(2001) Ethnic Minorities and Migration Patterns in Contemporary Ireland - Dispensing a Dose of Our Own Medicine. Strangers and Citizens: Challenges for European Governance, Identity and Citizenship.
Forkan, C. (2001) Ethnic Minorities and Migration Patterns in Contemporary Ireland - Dispensing a Dose of Our Own Medicine. Strangers and Citizens: Challenges for European Governance, Identity and Citizenship. University of Dundee, Scotland: Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) Designing and Implementing a Family Advocacy Service in Ireland - A Case Study from Waterford. Sociological Association of Ireland, Annual Conference.
Forkan, C. (2003) Designing and Implementing a Family Advocacy Service in Ireland - A Case Study from Waterford. Sociological Association of Ireland, Annual Conference. Cavan: Conference Paper [Details]
(2004) Public Housing in Ireland - The Overall Impact of The Housing Management Initiative. Sociological Association of Ireland.
Forkan, C. (2004) Public Housing in Ireland - The Overall Impact of The Housing Management Initiative. Sociological Association of Ireland. Athlone: Conference Paper [Details]
(2004) A Categorisation of Aggressive and Violent Incidents experienced by Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurses. ANZCMHN 30th International Conference.
Ryan, D., Maguire, D., Forkan, C. & O'Connor, L. (2004) A Categorisation of Aggressive and Violent Incidents experienced by Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurses. ANZCMHN 30th International Conference. Canberra: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) Increasing the Participation and Retention Rates of Traveller Children in Education. Sociological Association of Ireland - Annual Conference.
Forkan, C. (2006) Increasing the Participation and Retention Rates of Traveller Children in Education. Sociological Association of Ireland - Annual Conference. Sligo: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Tracking Early School Leavers - The Achilles Heal of Officialdom. Sociological Association of Ireland - Annual Conference.
Forkan, C. (2007) Tracking Early School Leavers - The Achilles Heal of Officialdom. Sociological Association of Ireland - Annual Conference. UCC, Cork: Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) Tracking Child Outcomes in Youth and Family Support Projects in Ireland. International Sociological Association (ISA).
Forkan, C. (2008) Tracking Child Outcomes in Youth and Family Support Projects in Ireland. International Sociological Association (ISA). Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) Tracking Mechanisms, Early School Leavers and Post-Primary Education. Sociological Association of Ireland - Annual Conference.
Forkan, C. (2008) Tracking Mechanisms, Early School Leavers and Post-Primary Education. Sociological Association of Ireland - Annual Conference. NUI Galway: Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) Tracking Social Support Outcomes as a Means of Generating Evidence-Based Practice in Youth and Family Support Work. ISSP Conference.
Forkan, C. (2009) Tracking Social Support Outcomes as a Means of Generating Evidence-Based Practice in Youth and Family Support Work. ISSP Conference. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Building Evidence on how to Support Adolescent Development through Longitudinal Social Support Monitoring. European Association for Research on Adolescents (EARA).
Forkan, C. (2010) Building Evidence on how to Support Adolescent Development through Longitudinal Social Support Monitoring. European Association for Research on Adolescents (EARA). Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Towards a Consistent Assessment Framework. Identification of Need Conference.
Forkan, C. (2011) Towards a Consistent Assessment Framework. Identification of Need Conference. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Building Evidence for Practice on How to Support Adolescents through a Comparative Tracking of their Perceived Social Support Outcomes. International Society for Children's Indicators (ISCI).
Forkan, C. (2011) Building Evidence for Practice on How to Support Adolescents through a Comparative Tracking of their Perceived Social Support Outcomes. International Society for Children's Indicators (ISCI). Conference Paper [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2014) Youth Cafes in Ireland: Sharing the Learning as part of the CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON YOUTH, COMMUNITY, AND REGENERATION, at University of Limerick.
Dr. Cormac Forkan, Dr. Bernadine Brady and Dr. Lisa Moran (2014) Youth Cafes in Ireland: Sharing the Learning as part of the CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON YOUTH, COMMUNITY, AND REGENERATION, at University of Limerick. Invited Lectures [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
(1999) Youth and Religious Practice in the West of Ireland.
Forkan, C. (1999) Youth and Religious Practice in the West of Ireland. Glor Achadh Mor, Mayo: Magazine Article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
(2000) Secularisation and Youth - Pessimistic and Punitive Side of the Catholic Religion is Losing Credibility. Western People.
Forkan, C. (2000) Secularisation and Youth - Pessimistic and Punitive Side of the Catholic Religion is Losing Credibility. Western People. Ballina: Co. Mayo: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2004) Imaging the Future - Interview with Mairead Lavery. Farmers Journal.
Forkan, C. (2004) Imaging the Future - Interview with Mairead Lavery. Farmers Journal. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2000) A Time for Change - Report of an Evaluation of the Advisory Service of the IPPA. Dublin: IPPA.
McElwee, N., Forkan, C., McKenna, S. (2000) A Time for Change - Report of an Evaluation of the Advisory Service of the IPPA. Dublin: IPPA. Non Published Reports [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) Child well-being /
Sociological Association of Ireland Sociology /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Ala Forum Theatre Board of Directors 01-SEP-14 /
EPIC / Social Work Research Ethics Committee Committee Member 01-SEP-14 /
Research Ethics Committee, NUI Galway Committee Member 01-SEP-14 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1994 NUI Maynooth BACHELOR OF ARTS Sociology & Geography
1997 NUI Maynooth Masters of Arts Sociology
2010 NUI Galway PhD Sociology

Reviews

  Journal Role
Evidence And Policy Reviewer
Child Indicators Research Reviewer

Teaching Interests

Sociology, Youth and Family Studies, Research Methods (with SPSS), Youth Development, Irish Social Policy, Sociology of the Family, Child Protection and Welfare, Project Planning and Evaluation; Current Debates in Youth and Family Studies

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
1BSY1 Introduction to Youth and Family Studies Youth & Family
2BSY3 Understanding Family & Society Sociology
2BSY3 Youth Development Youth work
2BSY3 Quantitative Research Methods Research
3BSY3 Current Debates in Youth and Family Work Youth Work
3BSY3 Child Protection and Welfare Child Protection and Welfare
3BSY3 Project Planning and Evaluation Project Planning and Evaluation