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Evidence into Policy Programme 

The aim of the Evidence into Policy Programme (EiPP), working in conjunction with other REU functions, is to support and meet Departmental research and evidence needs with respect to core Departmental and Government policy priorities. This is done, through a variety of research streams (building the evidence chain) and knowledge-transfer activities (promoting the uptake and use of evidence to drive policy change), that combine to support evidence-informed policymaking.


Initiatives include:


  • In 2018, DCYA, through the Irish Research Council’s COALESCE funding stream, issued a call for proposals for a DCYA-funded study on pathways to involvement in anti-social activities. The study titled ‘Ensuring the collaborative reform of youth justice in Ireland in line with international research and evidence based approaches’ is currently being undertaken by a study team from UCC.
  • As part of the 2019 COALESCE call that took place in June 2019, DCYA sought researchers to participate in the following study:  ‘Developing context-sensitive methods, tools and principles for inclusive terminology and appropriate language to represent persons who spent time in the institutions known as Mother and Baby Homes and related institutions and their experiences in these institutions’

          For further details see here 

  • A series of research briefings based on projects undertaken with other DCYA units. The first of these research briefings was written in response to DCYA’s commitment under the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy to develop early intervention education welfare supports to promote and support Traveller and Roma attendance, participation and engagement with the education system. In particular the briefing note emphasises the importance of engagement strategies for student retention. A copy of the briefing is available here
  • A series of guidance notes to promote the uptake and use of evidence to drive policy change will issue in the coming months. To date guidance notes have issued on the following:

          The Need For Research

          Defining and Understanding Your Policy 'Problem' to Identify Research and Evidence Needs

          Evaluating Government-Funded Human Services