The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation is currently running a large number of externally-funded projects. Listed below is a selection of projects with their own dedicated websites.
CARE PATHWAYS AND OUTCOMES STUDY
Care Pathways and Outcomes Study
The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study has been following a population of children who were under five years old and in public care in Northern Ireland on 31st March 2000 (n=374). It aims to find out where these children/young people end up living and how they are getting on in their placements. The study has entered its fourth phase, "The teens and early adulthood" (2016-2019), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.Visit the project website here
LINKS - The NIHR Global Health Research Group on Peacebuilding with Young Children
This project, funded by the National Institute of Health Research represents a strategic partnership with UNICEF. Working in six low- and middle-income countries, and with the support of international partners, LINKS seeks to support the development and evaluation of early childhood development programmes that contribute to sustainable development and peacebuilding.Visit the project website
The Effectiveness of an Enhanced Book-Gifting Intervention for Improving Reading Outcomes for Children in Care
This project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is led in partnership with Oxford University. It seeks to develop and evaluate an intervention to improve the reading skills of children in foster care. The intervention combines a role for the foster carer (using a technique known as "paired reading") with book-gifting.Visit the project website
YOUTH WELLBEING NI
The Youth Wellbeing NI study aims to assess the prevalence of mental disorders among 2 to 19 year olds in Northern Ireland.
Increasingly, mental health problems affect the lives of children and their families. These mental health problems have been neglected, with far less spent on treating them than on treating physical disorders. The Youth Wellbeing NI study aims to assess the prevalence of mental disorders among 2 to 19 year olds in Northern Ireland. The study is being undertaken by Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the Mental Health Foundation. Perceptive Insight has been commissioned to undertake the data collection. The Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) have provided funding to support this study. This is the first time it will be conducted in Northern Ireland. By taking part, you can help the NHS, government, policy makers and charities in the development of mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people. For more details, and team members, please click on the link below.
IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH NETWORK
A trans-disciplinary partnership of academics, practitioners and technology companies focusing on therapeutic and pedagogical advances in mental health and social care through digital means.
Mission Statement: The Immersive Technologies and Digital Mental Health Network is a trans-disciplinary partnership of academics, practitioners and technology companies focusing on therapeutic and pedagogical advances in mental health and social care through digital means. A particular focus of our work is to increase the accessibility and capacity of immersive technologies among social science researchers, educators and practitioners. The Immersive Technologies and Digital Mental Health Network has now launched and we are keen to attract new members. The network involves collaborations across Queen’s University Belfast including the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. We also have several external partnerships with local technology companies, including Sentireal.Click here to join the Network
Good Health and Wellbeing
The JACK Trial. A Phase III effectiveness multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial of a relationship and sexuality education intervention targeted especially to young males to reduce unintended teenage pregnancy and promote positive sexual health. This study led by Professor Maria Lohan draws on a team of investigators drawn from across QUB, University of Glasgow, University College London, Cardiff University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Their work aims to test the effectiveness in reducing unprotected heterosexual teenage sex of an interactive film-based RSE intervention offered to males and females aged 14 years in schools which draws explicit attention to the role of males in preventing an unintended pregnancy.Visit the project website