Dr John Canavan

BA, MA, PhD.

Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Dept. of Pol.Sci. & Soc.
Arts/Science Building
NUI, Galway

T: Ext. 5397
E: john.canavan@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I have over twenty years experience in applied social policy research, working in State and academic settings in the evaluation of social intervention programmes.  My more recent focus is in the areas of Family Support, and prevention and early intervention towards improved outcomes for children.  Since 2006, I have been Associate Director of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (www.childandfamilyresearch.ie) and manage the centre's extensive work programme.  I teach at undergraduate, MA and Ph.D. levels in the School of Political Science and Sociology.

Research Interests

I manage the research programme of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre which operates across various aspects of children and families lives.  I am particularly interested in Family Support as a policy and services paradigm.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
EVIDENCE INFORMED PRACTICE CONFERENCE JOHN CANAVAN 080342 01-MAY-11 31-DEC-16

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Recruiting and Retaining Older Adult Volunteers: Implications for Practice'
Devaney, C,Kearns, N,Fives, A,Canavan, J,Lyons, R,Eaton, P (2015) 'Recruiting and Retaining Older Adult Volunteers: Implications for Practice'. Journal Of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 27 :331-350 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) '‘He told me to calm down and all that’: a qualitative study of social support types in a youth mentoring programme'
Brady, B, Dolan, P. Canavan, J. (2015) '‘He told me to calm down and all that’: a qualitative study of social support types in a youth mentoring programme'. Child And Family Social Work, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'What Added Value does Peer Support Bring? Insights from Principles and Teachers on the Utility and Challenges of a School Based Mentoring Programme'
Brady, B., Dolan, P. and Canavan, J. (2014) 'What Added Value does Peer Support Bring? Insights from Principles and Teachers on the Utility and Challenges of a School Based Mentoring Programme'. Pastoral Care In Education, 32 ((4)):241-250 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement among children at risk of reading failure'
Fives, A,Russell, D,Kearns, N,Lyons, R,Eaton, P,Canavan, J,Devaney, C,O'Brien, A (2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement among children at risk of reading failure'. Journal of Research in Reading, 37 :215-232 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Strengths-based Practice in Child Welfare. Editorial'
Trish Walsh and John Canavan (2014) 'Strengths-based Practice in Child Welfare. Editorial'. Child Care In Practice, 20 (1):1-6 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Mapping the field in evidence-informed policy and practice: international perspectives. Editorial'
Canavan, J., Higgins, K and Coen, L. - Editors (2014) 'Mapping the field in evidence-informed policy and practice: international perspectives. Editorial'. Evidence & Policy, 10 (4):489-495 [Details]
(2013) '‘The role of random allocation in Randomized Controlled Trials: Distinguishing selection bias from baseline imbalance''
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., O’Brien, A. (2013) '‘The role of random allocation in Randomized Controlled Trials: Distinguishing selection bias from baseline imbalance''. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Education, 9 (20):33-42 [Details]
(2013) 'A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers'
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., & O’Brien, A. (2013) 'A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers'. Review of Education, 1 (3) [Details]
(2013) 'Why we still need the term ‘Young Carer’: Findings from an Exploratory Study of Young Carers in Ireland'
Fives, A., Kennan, D. Canavan, J., Brady, B. (2013) 'Why we still need the term ‘Young Carer’: Findings from an Exploratory Study of Young Carers in Ireland'. Critical Social Work, 14 (1):49-61 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Exploring the utility of the Simple View of Reading in Irish children attending schools in areas designated as socially disadvantaged'
Lyons, R., Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Eaton, P. (2013) 'Exploring the utility of the Simple View of Reading in Irish children attending schools in areas designated as socially disadvantaged'. Journal Education And Training, 1 (1):204-220 [Details]
(2012) 'Accessing a hard to reach population: reflections on research with young carers in Ireland'
Kennan, D,Fives, A,Canavan, J (2012) 'Accessing a hard to reach population: reflections on research with young carers in Ireland'. Child & Family Social Work, 17 :275-283 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Family and Family Change in Ireland: An Overview'
Canavan, J (2012) 'Family and Family Change in Ireland: An Overview'. Journal Of Family Issues, 33 :10-28 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Family Support: Policy, Practice and Research into the Future'
Canavan, C. (2010) 'Family Support: Policy, Practice and Research into the Future'. Administration, 58 (2):15-32 [Details]
(2009) 'Participatory Research and the Voice Centred Relational Method of Data Analysis: It is Worth It?'
Canavan, J. (2009) 'Participatory Research and the Voice Centred Relational Method of Data Analysis: It is Worth It?'. International Journal of Research Methodology, 12 (1):67-77 [Details]
(2009) 'Privileging Practice: Facing the Challenge of Integrated Working for Outcomes for Children'
Canavan, J,Coen, L,Dolan, P,Whyte, L (2009) 'Privileging Practice: Facing the Challenge of Integrated Working for Outcomes for Children'. Children & Society, 23 :377-388 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Current Practice in Meeting Health Needs in Family Support Services: Variation by Service Type and Perspectives on Future Developments'
Nic Ghabhainn, S., Dolan, P., Canavan, J., O'Higgins, S. (2009) 'Current Practice in Meeting Health Needs in Family Support Services: Variation by Service Type and Perspectives on Future Developments'. Child Care in Practice, 15 (2) [Details]
(2009) 'Measuring Research Impact: Practical and Cost-Effective Approaches'
Canavan, J., Gillan, A., Shaw, A. (2009) 'Measuring Research Impact: Practical and Cost-Effective Approaches'. Evidence and Policy, 5 (1):167-178 [Details]
(2008) 'Resilience: Cautiously Welcoming a Contested Concept'
Canavan, J. (2008) 'Resilience: Cautiously Welcoming a Contested Concept'. Child Care in Practice, 14 (1):1-7 [Details]
(2008) 'Building Resilience in Children, Families and Communities'
Dolan, P., Canavan, J. (2008) 'Building Resilience in Children, Families and Communities'. Child Care in Practice: Special Edition, 14 (1):1-103 [Details]
(2008) 'Youth Mentoring and the Parent-Young Person Relationship: Considerations for Research and Practice'
Dolan, P., Canavan, J., Brady, B. (2008) 'Youth Mentoring and the Parent-Young Person Relationship: Considerations for Research and Practice'. Youth and Policy, 99 :33-42 [Details]
(2006) 'Connecting with Practice in the Changing Landscape of Family Support Training'
Dolan, P., Canavan, J., Brady, B. (2006) 'Connecting with Practice in the Changing Landscape of Family Support Training'. Child Care in Practice, 12 (1) [Details]
(2002) 'From Value for Money to Practice Improvement and Beyond: Introducing Evaluation to A Voluntary Sector Youth Project'
Millar, M., Canavan, J., Walsh, D. (2002) 'From Value for Money to Practice Improvement and Beyond: Introducing Evaluation to A Voluntary Sector Youth Project'. ADMINISTRATION, 50 (2):20-33 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2016) Understanding Family Support: Policy Practice and Theory.
Canavan, J., Pinkerton, J. and Dolan, P. (2016) Understanding Family Support: Policy Practice and Theory. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Facing the Child Welfare and Mental Health Interface Challenges Through Evidence-Informed Approaches - An Irish Case Study'
Canavan, J., Gillen, A., Higgins, K. and Doody, B. (2012) 'Facing the Child Welfare and Mental Health Interface Challenges Through Evidence-Informed Approaches - An Irish Case Study' In: Implementing Evidence Informed Practice: International Perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. [Details]
(2006) 'Family Support: From Description to Reflection'
Dolan, P., Pinkerton, J., Canavan, J. (2006) 'Family Support: From Description to Reflection' In: Family Support as Reflective Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley. [Details]
(2006) 'Reflecting for Action: The Future of Family Support'
Canavan, J. (2006) 'Reflecting for Action: The Future of Family Support' In: Family Support as Reflective Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley. [Details]
(2003) 'Optimising the Relationships Between Research, Policy and Practice: A Systemic Model'
Dolan, P., Canavan, J., Pinkerton, J. (2003) 'Optimising the Relationships Between Research, Policy and Practice: A Systemic Model' In: Making a Difference in Families: Research that Creates Change. Allen and Unwin Publ. New Zealand. [Details]
(2003) 'Policy Roots and Practice Growth: Evaluating Family Support on the West Coast of Ireland'
Dolan, P., Canavan, J. (2003) 'Policy Roots and Practice Growth: Evaluating Family Support on the West Coast of Ireland' In: Evaluating Family Support: Thinking Internationally, Thinking Critically. London: John Wiley and Sons Ltd. [Details]
(2002) 'Educational disadvantage and rural youth in the West of Ireland'
McGrath, B., Canavan, J. (2002) 'Educational disadvantage and rural youth in the West of Ireland' In: Voices of Rural Youth: A Break with Traditional Patterns. Vienna: Bundesanstalt fur Bergbaurenfragen. [Details]
(2000) 'Introduction'
Canavan, J., Dolan P., Pinkerton, J. (2000) 'Introduction' In: Family Support: Direction from Diversity. London: Jessica Kingsley. [Details]
(2000) 'Refocusing Project Work with Adolescents towards a Family Support Paradigm'
Dolan, P., Canavan, J. (2000) 'Refocusing Project Work with Adolescents towards a Family Support Paradigm' In: Family Support Direction from Diversity. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2006) Family Support as Reflective Practice.
Dolan, P.; Canavan, J.; Pinkerton, J (Ed.). (2006) Family Support as Reflective Practice Family Support as Reflective Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley. [Details]
(2000) Family Support: Direction from Diversity.
Canavan, J.; Dolan, P.; Pinkerton, J (Ed.). (2000) Family Support: Direction from Diversity Family Support: Direction from Diversity. London: Jessica Kingsley. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(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]
(2015) Toward the development of a Participation Strategy for children and young people.
Kennan, D., Redmond, S., Devaney, C., Landy, F and Canavan, J. (2015) Toward the development of a Participation Strategy for children and young people. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 4 - CDI as Organisation: Examining the Processes and Relationships to Support Implementation.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 4 - CDI as Organisation: Examining the Processes and Relationships to Support Implementation. Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin. [Details]
(2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 1 - The Origins and Development of CDI and its Strategy A Place for Children: Tallaght West.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 1 - The Origins and Development of CDI and its Strategy A Place for Children: Tallaght West. Dublin, Childhood Development Initiative. [Details]
(2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 3 - CDI Experience Impacting on Training and Support of Managers and Practitioners.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 3 - CDI Experience Impacting on Training and Support of Managers and Practitioners. Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin. [Details]
(2014) Leading Community Change: Delivering Better Outcomes in an Irish Community. Childhood Development Initiative Final Process Evaluation Report.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) Leading Community Change: Delivering Better Outcomes in an Irish Community. Childhood Development Initiative Final Process Evaluation Report. Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin. [Details]
(2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 2 - Interagency Working and Service Integration in Tallaght West.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 2 - Interagency Working and Service Integration in Tallaght West. Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin. [Details]
(2014) ‘Here you feel more comfortable to talk’: An evaluation of Foróige’s REAL U: Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered programme.
Brady, B., Nic Gabhainn, S., Canavan, J., Gaweski, J. (2014) ‘Here you feel more comfortable to talk’: An evaluation of Foróige’s REAL U: Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered programme. Foróige Best Practice Unit, 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]
(2014) Triple P Evaluation Final Report.
Fives, A., Pusell, L., Heary, C., Nic Gabhainn, S. & Canavan, J. (2014) Triple P Evaluation Final Report. Longford/Westmeath Parenting Partnership, HSE, Athlone. [Details]
(2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 6 - Mainstreaming, Dissemination and Sustainability.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 6 - Mainstreaming, Dissemination and Sustainability. Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin. [Details]
(2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 5 - CDI and the Community.
Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Process Evaluation Thematic Report 5 - CDI and the Community. Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin. [Details]
(2013) Evaluation of the Childhood Development Initiative’s Restorative Practice Programme. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).
Fives, A., Keenaghan, C., Canavan, J., Moran L., Coen, L. (2013) Evaluation of the Childhood Development Initiative’s Restorative Practice Programme. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI). CDI, Dublin. [Details]
(2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme.
Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., O’Brien, A., Russell, D.W. (2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme. Barnardos, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 50 Key Messages to Accompany Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve outcomes for Children.
Gillen, A., Tuohy, O., Morrissey, M., Gaynor, J., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., Landy, F. & Coen, L (2013) 50 Key Messages to Accompany Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve outcomes for Children. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Education For Civic Engagement in Post-Primary Schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland: A Rights Perspective.
Kinlen, L., Hansson, U., Keenaghan, C., Canavan, J. & O’Connor, U. (2013) Education For Civic Engagement in Post-Primary Schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland: A Rights Perspective. Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, Galway / Coleraine. [Details]
(2013) Mol an Óige / Family Preservation Final Evaluation Report.
Coen, L., Canavan, J. & Brennan, M. (2013) Mol an Óige / Family Preservation Final Evaluation Report. UNESCO CFRC, Galway. [Details]
(2013) Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve Outcomes for Children.
Gillen, A., Tuohy, O., Morrissey, M., Gaynor, J., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., Landy, F. & Coen, L. (2013) Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve Outcomes for Children. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Guidance for the Implementation of an Area Based Approach to Prevention, Partnership and Family Support.
Gillen, A., Landy, F., Devaney, C. & Canavan, J. (2013) Guidance for the Implementation of an Area Based Approach to Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Child and Family Agency Commissioning Strategy.
Gillen, A., Landy, F., Devaney, C. & Canavan, J (2013) Child and Family Agency Commissioning Strategy. Child & Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) What Works in Family Support?.
Devaney, C., Canavan. J., Landy, F. & Gillen, A. (2013) What Works in Family Support?. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 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. (2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report One: Randomised Control Trial and Implementation Report. Foroige, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Final Evaluation Report of the Globe/ ALLi-PIP: All-Ireland Programme for Immigrant Parents.
Coen, L. and Canavan, J. (2012) Final Evaluation Report of the Globe/ ALLi-PIP: All-Ireland Programme for Immigrant Parents. null, null. [DOI] [Details]
(2012) Mobilising Peer Support in Schools: A Review of the BBBS School Based Mentoring Programme.
Brady, B, Canavan, J., Cassidy, A., Garrity, S., O'Regan, C. (2012) Mobilising Peer Support in Schools: A Review of the BBBS School Based Mentoring Programme. Foróige Best Practice Unit, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Foroige Citizenship Programme: Evaluation Report.
Brady, B., Conway, R., Canavan, J., Koviac, T. (2012) Foroige Citizenship Programme: Evaluation Report. Foróige Best Practice Unit, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) How are we doing? An Evaluation Resource for Foróige Staff.
Brady, B., Canavan, J., Landy, F. (2012) How are we doing? An Evaluation Resource for Foróige Staff. Foroige Best Practice Unit, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [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]
(2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide.
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. The Stationary Office: Dublin, Dublin. [Details]
(2010) Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 2: Qualitative Evidence.
Dolan, P., Brady, B., O’Regan, C., Brumovská, T., Canavan, J. & Forkan, C. (2010) Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 2: Qualitative Evidence. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre on behalf of Foróige, NUI Galway. [Details]
(2010) If I can make their life a little easier, then I'm happy: Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population,. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J., Brady, B. and Cairns, D. (2010) If I can make their life a little easier, then I'm happy: Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population,. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office. . [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Devaney, C. and Dolan, P. (2010) Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland. The Stationary Office, Dublin:. [Details]
(2010) A conceptual paper on family support as an approach to children and families social services.
Devaney, C and Canavan, J (2010) A conceptual paper on family support as an approach to children and families social services. HSE Children & Families Services, Ireland. [Details]
(2008) The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services.
Merriman, B., Robins, L., Canavan, J. & Dolan, P. (2008) The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services. Child and Family Research Centre for the ISPCC, NUI Galway. [Details]
(2008) Child and Family Research Centre / Co-operation and Working Together A Framework for Integrated Planning for Outcomes for Children and Families. CAWT / CRFC.
Canavan, J. (2008) Child and Family Research Centre / Co-operation and Working Together A Framework for Integrated Planning for Outcomes for Children and Families. CAWT / CRFC. NUI Galway, Galway. [Details]
(2007) Towards a Better Future: Research on Labour Market Needs and Social Exclusion of One Parent Families in Galway City and County.
Millar, M., Coen, L., Rau, H., Donegan, M., Canavan, J. and Bradley, C. (2007) Towards a Better Future: Research on Labour Market Needs and Social Exclusion of One Parent Families in Galway City and County. CFRC, Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2005) Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland: youth mentoring programme Galway, Mayo & Roscommon: evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/ NUI Galway.
Brady, B., Dolan, P., O'Brien, M., & Canavan, J. (2005) Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland: youth mentoring programme Galway, Mayo & Roscommon: evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/ NUI Galway. . [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) Working for Children and Families: Exploring Good Practice.
Brady, B., Dolan, P., Canavan. J. (2004) Working for Children and Families: Exploring Good Practice. Department of Health and Children, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) Developing inclusive research methodologies: testing the voice centred relational method of qualitative data analysis in a collaborative research project on early school leaving. Political Science and Sociology, NUI, Galway; Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/ NUI Galway.
Byrne, A., Canavan, J., & Millar, M. (2004) Developing inclusive research methodologies: testing the voice centred relational method of qualitative data analysis in a collaborative research project on early school leaving. Political Science and Sociology, NUI, Galway; Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/ NUI Galway. Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/ NUI Galway, IRELAND. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2015) Pluralist Evaluation for the Real Worlds of Intervention,
John Canavan (2015) Eurochild / Unicef / UNESCO Winter School. [Plenary Lecture], Pluralist Evaluation for the Real Worlds of Intervention, Galway , 03-DEC-15. [Details]
(2015) Building Family Support Systems,
John Canavan (2015) Values, Power and Practice in Family Support. [Plenary Lecture], Building Family Support Systems, Galway , 11-JUN-15. [Details]
(2014) What’s Working for Young People International Conference,
Brady, B., Nic Gabhainn, S., Canavan, J., Gaweski, J. (2014) ‘Here you feel more comfortable to talk’: An evaluation of Foroige’s REAL U: Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered programme. [Invited Oral Presentation], What’s Working for Young People International Conference, Dublin , 11-MAR-14. [Details]
(2010) Childhood Development Initiative Conference,
Canavan, J. (2010) Process Evaluation of CDI, The Story So Far. [Invited Oral Presentation], Childhood Development Initiative Conference, Tallaght , 01-JAN-10. [Details]
(2009) Family Support Now: Reflecting on Contemporary Challenges,
Canavan, J. (2009) Family Support Policy, Practice and Research into the Future. [Plenary Lecture], Family Support Now: Reflecting on Contemporary Challenges, Galway , 18-JUN-09. [Details]
(2008) Marrying Better Outcomes with Reflective Practice in Working with Troubled and Troublesome Youth. Children Acts Advisory Board Conference,
Canavan, J., Dolan, P. (2008) CAAB Conference on Childrens Outcomes. [Oral Presentation], Marrying Better Outcomes with Reflective Practice in Working with Troubled and Troublesome Youth. Children Acts Advisory Board Conference, Dublin , 16-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008) Families in Ireland. Families in Ireland: A Sociological (?) Overview for the Groves Family Conference Seminar,
Canavan, J. (2008) Paper for the Groves Family Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Families in Ireland. Families in Ireland: A Sociological (?) Overview for the Groves Family Conference Seminar, Galway , 03-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008) Framework for Integrated Planning for Outcomes for Children and Families,
Canavan, J. (2008) Contextual Overview for Co-operation and Working Together Conference. [Oral Presentation], Framework for Integrated Planning for Outcomes for Children and Families, Armagh , 17-APR-08. [Details]
(2008) Interpreting and Managing Power in the Evaluation of Social Interventions. Sociological Association of Ireland Conference,
Canavan, J. (2008) Paper for SAI Conference. [Oral Presentation], Interpreting and Managing Power in the Evaluation of Social Interventions. Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, Galway , 09-MAY-08. [Details]
(2008) Measuring Research Impact: Practical and Cost-Effective Approaches. Research into Practice International Seminar,
Canavan, J., Gillan, A., Shaw, A. (2008) Research into Practice Conference. [Plenary Lecture], Measuring Research Impact: Practical and Cost-Effective Approaches. Research into Practice International Seminar, Dartington Hall, UK , 19-MAR-08. [Details]
(2008) Service Design and Planning Workshop for the Office of the Minister for Children / The Atlantic Philanthropies Ireland. Forum on Prevention and Early Intervention with Children and Youth,
Canavan, J. (2008) Workshop on the relationship between planning and research design. [Invited Oral Presentation], Service Design and Planning Workshop for the Office of the Minister for Children / The Atlantic Philanthropies Ireland. Forum on Prevention and Early Intervention with Children and Youth, Northern Ireland , 26-MAY-08. [Details]
(2003) Voice Centred Relational Method. Sociological Association of Ireland Conference,
Canavan, J., Millar, M. (2003) SAI Conference. [Oral Presentation], Voice Centred Relational Method. Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan , 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003) Combat Poverty Agency Poverty Research Initiative Series Seminar,
Canavan, J., Byrne, A., Millar, M. (2003) Voice Centred Relational Method and Collaborative Research - Limits and Possibilities. [Invited Lecture], Combat Poverty Agency Poverty Research Initiative Series Seminar, Dublin , 23-JAN-04 - 23-JAN-04. [Details]
(1998) A Blueprint for Supporting Young People in School. Foróige Conference - The North Mayo Schools Project,
Canavan, J. (1998) Paper for Foroige Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], A Blueprint for Supporting Young People in School. Foróige Conference - The North Mayo Schools Project, Dublin , 14-APR-98. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(1998) Refocusing Project Work with Adolescents towards a Family Support Paradigm. Family Support Conference.
Canavan, J., Dolan, P. (1998) Refocusing Project Work with Adolescents towards a Family Support Paradigm. Family Support Conference. Galway: Conference Paper [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2011) North Dublin Differential Response Model Early Implementation Report.
Landy, F. and Canavan, J. (2011) North Dublin Differential Response Model Early Implementation Report. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2010) A Formative Evaluation of the Jobstown Alternative Response Model (ARM).
Landy, F. and Canavan, J. (2010) A Formative Evaluation of the Jobstown Alternative Response Model (ARM). Non Published Reports [Details]
(2010) Best Buddies - Changing Lives One Friendship at a Time: Evaluation Report: Best Buddies School Programme 2008 -2009.
O’Regan, C., Browne, M. and Canavan, J. (2010) (2010) Best Buddies - Changing Lives One Friendship at a Time: Evaluation Report: Best Buddies School Programme 2008 -2009. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2009) A preliminary Analysis of Outcome Indicators for use by the HSE. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre.
Coen, L., Malone, P., Millar, M. and Canavan, J. (2009) A preliminary Analysis of Outcome Indicators for use by the HSE. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre. null: Non Published Reports [DOI] [Details]
(2008) A Formative Evaluation of the Community-Based Family Support Programme. HSE / CFRC.
Brady, B., Merriman, B., Canavan J. (2008) A Formative Evaluation of the Community-Based Family Support Programme. HSE / CFRC. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) Domestic Violence in Ireland: An overview of national strategic policy and relevant international literature on prevention and intervention initiatives in service provision. HSE / CFRC.
Kearns, N., Coen, L., Canavan, J. (2008) Domestic Violence in Ireland: An overview of national strategic policy and relevant international literature on prevention and intervention initiatives in service provision. HSE / CFRC. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board. HSE / CFRC.
Kearns, N., Reddy, J., Canavan, J. (2008) A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board. HSE / CFRC. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the Former Western Health Board - Final Report. Child & Family Research Centre, School of Political Science & Sociology, NUIG.
Kearns, N., Reddy, J., Canavan, J. (2008) A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the Former Western Health Board - Final Report. Child & Family Research Centre, School of Political Science & Sociology, NUIG. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2008) The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services. The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services. ISPCC / CFRC.
Merriman, B., Robins, L., Canavan, J., Dolan, P. (2008) The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services. The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services. ISPCC / CFRC. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) Towards best practice in the provision of respite services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.
Merriman, B., & Canavan, J. (2007) Towards best practice in the provision of respite services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) Limerick Youth Advocacy Programme Interim Evaluation Report. HSE (Research Undertaken in collaboration with Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin).
Robins L., Rogers, M., Canavan, J. (2007) Limerick Youth Advocacy Programme Interim Evaluation Report. HSE (Research Undertaken in collaboration with Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin). Non Published Reports [Details]
(2006) Lír Youth and Family Project: evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, NUI Galway.
Mahony, K., & Canavan, J. (2006) Lír Youth and Family Project: evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2005) A Working Definition of Family Support. A Policy Paper for the Department of Health and Children.
Pinkerton, J., Dolan P., Canavan, J. (2005) A Working Definition of Family Support. A Policy Paper for the Department of Health and Children. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2005) Ballinasloe Family Support Services Evaluation. HSE Western Area.
Canavan, J., O'Brien, M. (2005) Ballinasloe Family Support Services Evaluation. HSE Western Area. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) Youth advocate programme evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research And Policy Unit, WHB/NUI Galway.
O Brien, M., & Canavan, J. (2004) Youth advocate programme evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research And Policy Unit, WHB/NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) Youth Advocacy Programme Final Evaluation Report. YAP / Western Health Board.
O'Brien, M., Canavan, J. (2004) Youth Advocacy Programme Final Evaluation Report. YAP / Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2004) The Edge Programme Evaluation. Western Health Board.
Canavan, J., O'Brien, M., Moylan, C. (2004) The Edge Programme Evaluation. Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2003) Youth Advocacy Programme Interim Evaluation Report. YAP / Western Health Board.
O'Brien, M., Canavan, J. (2003) Youth Advocacy Programme Interim Evaluation Report. YAP / Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2001) Transition to Working Life: An Evaluation. Athlone Community Taskforce.
Canavan, J., Curtin, C., Moylan, M. (2001) Transition to Working Life: An Evaluation. Athlone Community Taskforce. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2001) Child and Family Care Services: Five Year Strategy. Western Health Board.
Canavan, J. (2001) Child and Family Care Services: Five Year Strategy. Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) County Leitrim Educational Disadvantage Consortium: Review of Consortium Activities, ADM / CPA . Peace and Reconciliation Programme and Local Development Programme.
Canavan, J. (2000) County Leitrim Educational Disadvantage Consortium: Review of Consortium Activities, ADM / CPA . Peace and Reconciliation Programme and Local Development Programme. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) The Mol an Oige Project: The View from the Training Workshops. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee.
Canavan, J. (2000) The Mol an Oige Project: The View from the Training Workshops. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) Roscommon School Intervention: Follow-up Research Note (draft). Roscommon Partnership Company.
Canavan, J. (2000) Roscommon School Intervention: Follow-up Research Note (draft). Roscommon Partnership Company. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) The Mol an Oige Project: The View from the Schools - an evaluation of the project. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee.
Canavan, J. (2000) The Mol an Oige Project: The View from the Schools - an evaluation of the project. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) CRIISP Strategy Development - Working Paper 1: Directions from National Policy. CRIISP group Roscommon.
Canavan, J. (2000) CRIISP Strategy Development - Working Paper 1: Directions from National Policy. CRIISP group Roscommon. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) Regional Working in the Early Years Arena: A Feasibility Study, Regional Early Years Working Group. Regional Early Years Working Group.
Canavan, J. (2000) Regional Working in the Early Years Arena: A Feasibility Study, Regional Early Years Working Group. Regional Early Years Working Group. Non Published Reports [Details]
(2000) Voices of Rural Youth: Young People's Reflections on Life, Work, Education and Training in North West Connemara. Research Report, European Commission.
McGrath, B., Canavan, J., Curtin, C. (2000) Voices of Rural Youth: Young People's Reflections on Life, Work, Education and Training in North West Connemara. Research Report, European Commission. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1999) RIFLE Project: Interim Evaluation Report. Roscommon Partnership Company.
Canavan, J. (1999) RIFLE Project: Interim Evaluation Report. Roscommon Partnership Company. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1999) Outreach Adolescent Family Support Programme Assessment. Western Health Board.
Canavan, J., MA in Community Development class at NUI, Galway (1999) Outreach Adolescent Family Support Programme Assessment. Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1999) Young People in North and West Connemara - Case Study. European Commission.
McGrath, B., Canavan, J., Curtin, C. (1999) Young People in North and West Connemara - Case Study. European Commission. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1999) The Response of the County Leitrim Partnership to the Needs of Disadvantaged Women. County Leitrim Partnership / ADM.
Canavan, J. (1999) The Response of the County Leitrim Partnership to the Needs of Disadvantaged Women. County Leitrim Partnership / ADM. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1999) Survey of Student Life at NUI, Galway. NUI Galway Student Services subcommittee.
Canavan, J., MA in Community Development class at NUI, Galway (1999) Survey of Student Life at NUI, Galway. NUI Galway Student Services subcommittee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1998) Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Domestic Violence: Identifying the Impact and Developing the Response. Western Health Board.
Canavan, J. (1998) Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Domestic Violence: Identifying the Impact and Developing the Response. Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1998) Rahoon Family Centre: Evaluation Report. Rahoon Family Centre.
Canavan, J. (1998) Rahoon Family Centre: Evaluation Report. Rahoon Family Centre. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1998) The North Mayo Schools Project: A Blueprint for Supporting Young People in School. Foroige / ADM.
Canavan, J. (1998) The North Mayo Schools Project: A Blueprint for Supporting Young People in School. Foroige / ADM. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1998) Mol an Oige: Employment Youthstart Project: Final Evaluation Report. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee.
Canavan, J. (1998) Mol an Oige: Employment Youthstart Project: Final Evaluation Report. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1998) Deis na Gaillimhe Employment Youthstart Project: Final Evaluation Report. Galway City Vocational Education Committee.
Canavan, J. (1998) Deis na Gaillimhe Employment Youthstart Project: Final Evaluation Report. Galway City Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1997) Case Study on the Consultation Process for the Preparation of an Area Action Plan. Roscommon Partnership Company / ADM.
Canavan, J. (1997) Case Study on the Consultation Process for the Preparation of an Area Action Plan. Roscommon Partnership Company / ADM. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1997) Deis na Gaillimhe Youthstart Project: Interim Evaluation Report. Galway City Vocational Education Committee.
Canavan, J. (1997) Deis na Gaillimhe Youthstart Project: Interim Evaluation Report. Galway City Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1997) Preliminary Evaluation: Preventive Actions in Education. Dublin: ESF Programme Evaluation Unit.
ESF Programme Evaluation Unit (1997) Preliminary Evaluation: Preventive Actions in Education. Dublin: ESF Programme Evaluation Unit. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1997) Mol an Oige: Youthstart Project: Interim Evaluation Report. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee.
Canavan, J. (1997) Mol an Oige: Youthstart Project: Interim Evaluation Report. North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1997) Report of Findings from a Study of Awareness of and Attitudes to Intellectual Disability in Galway City and County Children. Galway County Association for Mentally Handicapped Children.
Canavan, J., MA in Community Development class at NUI, Galway (1997) Report of Findings from a Study of Awareness of and Attitudes to Intellectual Disability in Galway City and County Children. Galway County Association for Mentally Handicapped Children. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1994) Galway County and City Enterprise Board Action Plan. Galway County and City Enterprise Board / Department of Enterprise and Employment.
Canavan, J. (1994) Galway County and City Enterprise Board Action Plan. Galway County and City Enterprise Board / Department of Enterprise and Employment. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1994) Community Input for Galway Community Action Group Area Action Plan. GCAG / ADM.
Canavan, J., Geraghty, E. (1994) Community Input for Galway Community Action Group Area Action Plan. GCAG / ADM. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1994) City of Galway Local Voluntary Youth Council: An Evaluation. City of Galway Vocational Education Committee.
Community Education Resource Centre (1994) City of Galway Local Voluntary Youth Council: An Evaluation. City of Galway Vocational Education Committee. Non Published Reports [Details]
(1993) Westside Neighbourhood Youth Project: Evaluation Report. Western Health Board.
Canavan, J. (1993) Westside Neighbourhood Youth Project: Evaluation Report. Western Health Board. Non Published Reports [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
(2012) Triple P Evaluation Interim Report. Report to the Longford/Westmeath Parenting Partnership.
Canavan, J Nic Gabhainn, S Heary, C Pursell, L Fives, A Callaghan, M Keenaghan, C Van Lente, E Coen, L Featherstone, B (2012) Triple P Evaluation Interim Report. Report to the Longford/Westmeath Parenting Partnership. Technical Publication [Details]
(2011) Triple P evaluation report: Baseline population survey.
Featherstone, B Nic Gabhainn, S Pursell, L Heary, C Fives, A Canavan, J Coen, L. (2011) Triple P evaluation report: Baseline population survey. Technical Publication [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
(2014) Evaluation Study Design - A Pluralist Approach to Evidence.
Fives, A., Canavan, J. and Dolan, P. (2014) Evaluation Study Design - A Pluralist Approach to Evidence. Working Paper [Details]
(2014) Evaluation Study Design - A Pluralist Approach to Evidence. A UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre Working Paper.
Fives, A., Canavan, J. and Dolan, P. (2014) Evaluation Study Design - A Pluralist Approach to Evidence. A UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre Working Paper. Working Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2006 Ph.D. Queens University Belfast
1993 MA in Community Development NUI, Galway
1989 Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Computing University of Limerick
1988 BA in Political Science&Sociology and Economics NUI, Galway

Teaching Interests

I teach in the area of Family Support and Planning and Evaluation

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2013/2014 Families and Children in Ireland Sociological Insights and Policy Issues (1) SP574 Survey course introducing theoretical and policy foundations for understanding lives of children and families in Ireland
2013/2014 Families and Children in Ireland Sociological Insights and Policy Issues (2) SP581 Second year of survey course introducing theoretical and policy foundations for understanding lives of children and families in Ireland
2013/2014 Sem 2 3rd Year Project Planning and Evaluation (Team Taught with Dr. Cormac Forkan) SPL310 Planning and Evaluation approaches in Children's Services and Policy
2013/2014 Semester 1 Theorising Childhood PCY1PHD Advanced course on epistemological approaches to understanding children's lives