Research Theme: Policy


Name: Mary Clare O’Hara

Institution: HSE Health and Well Being Division


Completion: September 2022

Funder: N/A


Project: The HSE Planning for Health Working Group  are focusing on regionalising the Planning for Health approach to service planning across three platforms: 1. Developing a ‘Planning for Health’ type document for individual Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) 2. Developing a Planning for Health report for individual Hospital Groups 3. Developing a Planning for Health Integrated Care Planning report by combining the CHO and Hospital Groups approach We aim to use only high quality, robust and evidence-based data across the broad categories of Acute Hospitals, Primary Care, Social Care, Mental Health, Health and Wellbeing and the National Ambulance Services. A detailed population profile will complement each report and will form the basis for the subsequent chapters.


Name: Pablo Gracia

Institution: Trinity College Dublin


Completion: November 2022

Funder: N/A


Project: My research areas are family, social demography, and social stratification. I plan to investigate these data for different projects, basic research for empirical articles and policy-relevant projects for grant applications (IRC, ERC, HORIZON 2020). I want to investigate many different issues. One is the time use of children aged 9 and 13 and their impact on outcomes. Also, I plan to investigate data for social class and ethnicity variations on expectations (CHILD CHORT). Further, I aim at conducting an in-depth analysis of home learning environments and skills accumulation from age 0 to age 7 (INFANT CHORT). In short, I would like to use “all” the data for all wave and have them and merge them in the most advanced and user-friendly way to start to work on different projects on these fields!

This project is also recorded under Children from minorities and Education


Name: Nicola Pensiero

Institution: UCL Institute of Education


Completion: December 2019

Funder: ESRC


Project: The dataset will be used to analyse the factors associated with children's outcomes, including breast-feeding and educational attainment, across countries, with a particular focus on policy-related factors. We will first harmonise the variables with variables from other cohort studies including GUiNZ (New Zealand), and LSAC (Australia), then we will compare the effect of those variables on children's outcomes across countries. The outputs are journal articles, conference presentations, reports and research briefings.


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Project (2017): It is proposed to conduct a review and analysis of existing CDI (and relevant external) data in order to deal with three sets of questions:                                                                                                                   

1. The success of Tallaght West as a Residential Area: How has it developed over the years, particularly in the last 10 years or so, and to what extent does it now provide a stable community environment which residents find attractive?                                                                                                 

2. The contribution of social services, including those which CDI helped design and deliver, to outcomes both for their immediate clientele and for the wider development of Tallaght West. Were key social services effective in their own terms? Did they help counter social and economic vulnerabilities in the Tallaght West Area? Did they work for the neighbourhood as well as for their immediate beneficiaries? How important were those services in shaping the overall development of the area?                                                                                                                                                                  

3. Implications for current policy on provision of low income housing and development of vulnerable neighbourhoods. What does the Tallaght West experience tell us about what works and what does not work in the provision of large volumes of housing and related social services for low-income households? What are the essential social service components in effective housing provision that it points to?


Name: Gregory Swinand

Institution: Indecon Research Economists


Completion: October 2017

Funder: DSP


Project: We have recently been appointed by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) to study the complete range of impacts and implications from policy on the One Parent Family Payment, and changes in the minimum, in terms of impacts on income, poverty, and social conditions, as well as employment and other factors. The study will make use of the DSP's Jobseekers Longitudinal Database (JLD) and Revenue's annual earning data (Linked to JLD), but will require SILC, GUI and QNHS to answer more detailed questions about at risk of poverty and deprivation.


Name: Kevin Denny; Tony Fahey; Niamh Hardiman; Naonori Kodate; Muiris MacCarthaigh; Michelle Norris; Dan O'Brien; Philip O'Connell; Colin Scott
Institution:University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld


Project: This research programme brings together scholars working in the disciplines of political science, economics, sociology, public administration, law, public health, among others, to analyse the consequences of these developments and to consider their implications for the structutre and future development of the public sector. The Irish State Administration Database is a key research resource for many aspects of this work. Among the topics currently under investigation are these: the changing profile of the Irish political and administrative executive; assessment of the current phase of public sector reform; implications of reform initiatives for public sector skills development; the tension between centralizing and decentralizing pressures in policy coordination and governance; efficiency consequences of the move toward shared services; implications of agency rationalization for policy capabilities; the consequences of budget retrenchment for the scope of state activity; the design and construction of new state competences such as child protection and family policy; the evolution of state's role in housing policy, labour market and social protection policy, health care reform, and other policy areas; the development and implications of an activist labour market policy; the role of the Irish government Economic and Evaluation Service; the state's role in evaluating and mitigating risks of all kinds and the state's role in improving quality of public services (health, social care and education).