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Funders, Partnerships and Oversight

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The Jack Trial
Research Partners

If I Were Jack was originally developed by a research team at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with key stakeholders in Northern Ireland and Ireland including the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, the Council for Curriculum Education and Assessment Northern Ireland, the Health Services Executive Crisis Pregnancy Programme Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills Ireland as well as teacher trainers, teachers, students and parents. Adapted versions of the resource developed for use in England, Scotland and Wales were developed in consultation with researchers from Cardiff University, University of Glasgow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London and a stakeholder group of RSE experts from across the UK (see below) and an Adolescent Advisory Group.

Partner Institutions

Over the previous stages of the project, Phase I, we have worked in collaboration with the following organisations:

  • The Department of Health, Northern Ireland
  • Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
  • The Economic & Social Research Council, Ireland
  • The Crisis Pregnacy Progamme of the HSE, Ireland
  • The Department of Education and Skills in the Irish government
  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment Northern Ireland


During the Northern Ireland-based phase of the project, Phase II, we worked with the collaboration of:

  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, Northern Ireland
  • Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
  • The Department of Health, Northern Ireland


Our current partners at the Phase III Effectiveness Trial include representatives from the following organisations:

  • Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, Northern Ireland
  • Population Health Improvement Directorate in the Scottish Government
  • NHS, Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Education Scotland
  • Public Health Wales
  • Sex Education Forum, National Children's Bureau
  • Personal, Social and Health Education



Stakeholders over the years

The trial is led by our team employed in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Medicine and the School of Education at Queen's University Belfast. Our team are also fellows of the CESI, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation.

If I Were Jack Project Team at second stakeholders meeting 20.09.2012 




During its development, the Jack project has received support from the following organisations:







The Jack trial's oversight and advisory groups


The Committee's role is to provide oversight and obtain advice from users of this research such as teachers, parents, pupils and principals as well as advice from academic researchers


Full membership


Prof Vivien Coates, Florence Nightingale Foundation, UU - Independent Chair
Darrin Barr, School Principal - Public Member
Ms Maire Thompson, School Principal - Public Member
Mrs Grace McCarthy, Teacher - Public Member
Ms Dylan O'Neill - Parent Public Member
Ms Iman Zatari - Pupil Public Member
Mr Kian Wilson - Pupil Public Member
Ms Alison Hadley, University of Bedfordshire - Independent Member
Dr Cary Roseth, Associate Professor, Michigan State University - Independent Member 
Dr Michele McKinley, Reader in Nutrition and Public Health, QUB - Member 
Dr Sarah Miller, Lecturer, QUB - Member 
Professor Maria Lohan, JACK Trial Chief Investigator - Member
Dr Aisling Gough, JACK Trial Project Manager - Observer
 Sorcha Toase (NICTU)
Ms Cliona McDowell, JACK Trial Statistician (NICTU) - Observer


Jack Trial Steering Group Meetings


JACK Trial Steering Committee May 2019

Back row L-R: Miss Iman Zatari (Pupil), Ms Grace McCarthy (Public Member); Prof. Maria Lohan (Chief Investigator, QUB); Dr Darrin Barr (Principal); Dr Theresa McShane (Trail Manager, QUB)

Front row L-R: Prof Michelle McKinley (Acting Chair); Dr Aisling Gough (Project Manager, QUB); Mr Kian Wilson (Pupil)



Jack Trial Steering Committee March 2017

Steering Jack

Pictured L-R: Dylan O'Neill (Parent), Grace McCarthy (Teacher), Prof Maria Lohan (Chief Investigator QUB), Maire Thompson (Principal), Prof Vivien Coates (Chair), Darrin Barr (Principal), Dr Sarah Miller (QUB), Dr Aine Aventin (Project Manager QUB), Iman Zatari (Pupil), Cliona McDowell (NICTU), Dr Rhonda Curran (Trail Manager QUB), Sorcha Toase (NICTU)