Skip Navigation, or press ALT and K together and then press enter.Welcome to the OMC website. This site has been developed for both the visually impaired and non visually impaired. If you would like to use the visually impaired version of this site please go to, or press ALT and I together and then press enter


National Strategy for Research and Data on Children’s Lives 2011-2016

The National Strategy for Research and Data on Children’s Lives 2011-2016 (Irish Version) (published November 2011) recognises that good information is essential in helping us understand both how children and young people are developing and how policies and services impact on their lives.  The strategy was prepared by the Research Unit through detailed analysis of existing policy, research and data on children’s lives, and through consultations with children and young people themselves, with key policy and service delivery personnel, with researchers, with data producers and users, and with the general public.   The strategy sets out a strategic direction and comprehensive action plan for research and data on children’s lives in Ireland over the period 2011-2016 and beyond.


Click cover to read summary

Click here for Irish Version

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the strategy is:“to set out a plan to guide and support the development of research and data around children’s lives over the next 5 years (2011-2016) for the purpose of ensuring children and young people benefit from improved understandings of their lives. In doing so, it will work towards the development of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to the collection, compilation and dissemination of research and data on children’s lives and will facilitate the utilisation of good quality, easily accessible, internationally comparable information about the lives of children in Ireland.”


The objectives of the strategy are:


How will these objectives be achieved?

These objectives are to be achieved through implementation of the strategy’s Action Plan which sets out 59 actions to be undertaken by 24 organisations.  The action plan sets out a range of different types of activity including:



Back to National Research and Data Strategy Main Page

follow us on twitter skills to work Supporting SMEs Be Winter Ready The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme