Abstract: The aim of the research programme is to create, improve and enhance knowledge on community development and social inclusion in order to provide evidence for policy in this area. Forthcoming studies under this programme area include (a) an examination of the relationship between childcare and socio-emotional outcomes in Ireland based on analysis of the Growing Up in Ireland infant cohort (b) a systematic analysis of national level data on training interventions delivered under the Local Community Development Programme.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.