Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of Five-Year-Olds

New research covers the socio-economic circumstances of the families of 5-year-olds and those children’s outcomes in key domains of health, socio-emotional development and school/cognitive development.

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Social inclusion and access to care services in Ireland

A new ESRI study commissioned by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection examines who is most likely to have unmet needs for formal childcare and professional home care. 

Research Areas

The mission of the Economic and Social Research Institute is to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports economic sustainability and social progress in Ireland. ESRI researchers apply the highest standards of academic excellence to challenges facing policymakers, focusing on 12 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.