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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.


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Monitoring Progress

The development of the strategy was overseen by a Steering Group, chaired by the Director General of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and comprising representatives of:


The implementation activities and reporting will be overseen by an Interagency Steering Group, the membership of which will be based on that of the original Research and Data Strategy Steering Group, but which may be expanded to take account of the full range of themes addressed in the Action Plan. The group will continue to be chaired by a senior official of the DCYA. Annual updates on the Action Plan will be published on this website.

The Implementation Report: Action Plan Update 2012 is now available.



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