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Buckley, Helen and Whelan, Sadhbh (2009) Putting research evidence to work: key issues for research utilisation in Irish children’s services. Dublin: Children Acts Advisory Board.

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This project was commissioned by the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB) with the overall aim of assisting the CAAB to develop initiatives to make research evidence more accessible to practitioners.

The specific objectives were to:
a. Provide a review of literature on the barriers and facilitators to research use.
b. Consult with staff employed in children’s services to establish the extent of research use in practice, the barriers and facilitators to its use, preferred methods of dissemination and most relevant topics.
c. Report on knowledge brokering mechanisms used by relevant services internationally.
d. Draw conclusions from the foregoing and make recommendations to promote greater use of research in practice.

The methods employed were designed to achieve these objectives. Firstly, a review of international literature on research utilisation and evidence informed practice was undertaken. Secondly, a consultation process was carried out involving staff (managers and practitioners) from four sectors: health, welfare, justice, and community and voluntary organisations. The consultation was carried out by means of a survey and focus groups. A total of 155 staff completed questionnaires at four separate seminars organised by the CAAB, and 122 staff participated in a total of 13 focus groups at the same events. Thirdly, a review was undertaken of products and services provided by Irish and international organisations dedicated to research dissemination and utilisation.

Pages:163 p.
Publisher:Children Acts Advisory Board
Place of Publication:Dublin
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children > Services for children of substance users
N Communication, information and education > Information transfer > Information transfer from research to practice
R Research > Research outcome > Policy implications of research
R Research > Research organization and management
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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