Centering and Embedding Family Carers in the Co-Production of Carer Research, Supports and Policy
Underpinned by an engaged research approach, CARERENGAGE has an overall aim to coproduce in-depth, practically-oriented knowledge and evidence-based research impacting family carers in Ireland. Specifically, this will involve Institute of Social Science in the 21st Century UCC (ISS21) and Care Alliance Ireland (CAI) facilitating and delivering three national workshops addressing three key research and policy areas identified by CAI, in consultation with its 85 CVO members.
This aim is supported by the following action-specific objectives:
1: Develop a CVO-academic-policy-citizen-carer-service provider knowledge network to support family carers’ capacity to make informed decisions and achieve policy goals
2 Co-facilitate three national workshops to encourage knowledge exchange and coproduction dialogue between network members to bridge the gap between research, policy, practice and family carer requirements.
3 Co-develop, communicate and translate policy, academic, CVO provider, recommendations to maximise the value and impact of family carer research.
Co-facilitated by ISS21 and CAI, the project plan prioritises the delivery of three roundtables, briefing and position papers on priority social policy issues impacting carer well-being in Ireland. The roundtables are as follows:
- Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in Research with a Focus on Family Caring. 13th October 2020 (via Zoom)
- Implementing Evidenced Informed Changes in Family Carer Policy - scheduled for March 2021.
The interactive workshop, with a sample of key stakeholders, will report on the findings of the CARERENGAGE survey (details below) and co-create and propose priorities and actions to be included in the next National Carer Strategy. In line with a PPI approach, the survey findings and outputs from the workshop will then be submitted to the Department of Health in April 2021 for consideration for inclusion in the revised National Carer Strategy.
- Engaged Research and Policy Priorities for the wider Family Carer Sector: Path to Delivery, Impact and Change - scheduled for September 2021.
Participate in the CARERENGAGE Survey (13 Jan-3 Feb 2021)
A national survey of key stakeholders (family carers, policy makers, CVOs, academics and others) will be conducted in January 2021 to inform the revising of the National Carer Strategy (2021), which is part of the current programme for government. This survey will be open from 13 Jan - 3 Feb. To participate in the survey, which takes approximately 10 minutes, please click here: http://bit.ly/NCSSurvey. The results of the survey will be presented and discussed during an interactive workshop with a sample of key stakeholders on March 2021.
Project Funding & Duration
Irish Research Council, New Foundations
July 2020 – December 2021
Dr Carol Kelleher, ISS21, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoe Hughes, CAI, Email email@example.com
Liam O' Sullivan, CAI Email firstname.lastname@example.org