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RICHE Conference May 2013 SH

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Sinead Hanafin

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'Strategic approaches to child health research: implications for policy and practice'
Sinead Hanafin PhD
A strategic approach helps to:
Provide leadership
Improve our understandings
Make best use of what we have
Identify priority areas
Co-ordinate developments
Build capacity
Strategic approach
Strategic developments in Ireland
To achieve more coherent understandings of children’s development and needs among those working with children
Develop an evidence-based approach to decision-making at all levels down to the point of service delivery
Improve the commissioning, production and dissemination of research and information
Improve evaluation and monitoring of children’s services
Two cohorts Infant cohort at aged 9 months (11,000 infants and families) and Child cohort at aged 9 years (8,500 children and families)

Data collected at: 9 years and 13 years (child cohort); At 9 months, 3 years, age 6 years
Strategic decisions made in
commissioning the study
Align the study with other longitudinal studies
Bronfenbrenner socio-ecological model
Underpin the study conceptually
Ensure the data are widely available
Give children a voice at every stage of development
Link with the national statistics agency
Masters scholarships

PhD scholarships


Summer schoools
Types of studies

Children’s lives will be better understood; their lives will benefit from evaluation, research and information on their needs, rights and effectiveness of services

National Children’s Strategy (2000) Goal 2
Government commitment to a knowledge economy

Substantial increase in research and development spending

National and international strategic development
Research: National Prioritisation Exercise, FP7
Statistics: EU harmonisation; Departmental data strategies, Increased use of administrative data (SPAR)
Thematic areas

Improving information around children’s lives
Improve administrative data systems
Build capacity particularly analytic capability
Support evidence-informed policy and practice.
Growing up in Ireland
Reporting on children's lives
Child health research
MC carthy A. and Foran S. (2010)
Policy and research documents

Children in Detention and Out of Home Care Database; Irish Child Protection Database

Irish Inter-agency Co-operation Database

Key findings from individual studies
Active learning
Economically secure
Healthy, mentally and
Cross cutting issues
Action: Information will be provided on funding for children's research
Examples of completed actions
Why bother
Advice to put infants to sleep on the front was contrary to evidence available from 1970.

Adopting the correct sleeping position might have prevented over
10, 000 infant deaths in the UK
and at least
50, 000 in Europe, the USA, and Australasia
(Gilbert et al. 2005).
Why bother?
To generate a comprehensive and coherent understanding of children’s development, needs, supports and services
To develop research capacity
Support and promote good infrastructure Improve monitoring and evaluation of children’s services at local and national level
To support a continuum of research and data use within policy and practice settings
Action Plan objectives
Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) (2013) Implementation report. Dublin, DCYA
Action: Information will be provided on funding for children's research
Action: Measures of physical activities will be the subject of a special analysis and report on in the HSBC survey
Examples of completed actions
The level of involvement of children and young people in sporting activities and the related impact will be measured
Services and supports for increasing physical activity by children and young people will be reported on.
Information systems to report on the sexual health and behaviours of young people in Ireland will be developed
The impact of the built environment on children’s physical activity levels will be assessed.
National Research and
Data Strategy on children's lives

Objectives of Goal 2
National Children's Strategy
Nested Qualitative study:
120 families at 9 months
and 120 families at 9 years

Child cohort: child, primary
and secondary caregiver,
teacher, principal,
child minder, non resident

Infant cohort: primary and
secondary caregiver,
child minder, non resident
Recognise the importance of dissemination
Knowledge Transfer
Capacity Building
For Policy and Practice

Makes it easy to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time by creating an environment where good quality evidence is:
For researchers

creates an environment that:
supports scientifically robust applicable research for different audiences in a timely way

An improved understanding of factors affecting children’s health and well-being will be developed through increased use of existing information sources.
European Child health Conference
30th May 2013, DCU, Dublin

For children
Their lives are better understood
and through that improved
Analysis of policy
Inventory of data sources
(116 sources, >11,000 variables)
Cross-national case study on children’s
data systems
Stakeholder workshops
Consultations with children
Review of key issues
Include policy makers in the governance structures
Secure funding for a number of years
Some highlights
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