SPHeRE Network


The SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme is an innovative and ambitious research programme in population health and health services research funded by the Health Research Board. SPHeRE is a collaboration between all eight institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Not only is it a research programme, it is also a network: a system for academics, practitioners and public policy makers to converse, collaborate and learn from each other.

The SPHeRE Network is an emerging national network connecting research, policy and practice in population health and health services. It brings together those who produce and use research and welcomes members who are interested in developing dialogue between research and health action.

The National Health Services Research Institute (NHSRI) endeavours to provide constant support to development and promotion of the SPHeRE Network.

We are currently in the early stages of network formation but are embarking on a process of actively seeking to connect the various stakeholders in population health and health service research in Ireland. The network will create opportunities for developing research which supports the information needs of those involved in policy and service provision.


The SPHeRE Network aims to:

  • Promote interchange between researchers, service providers and policy makers to support better use of research
  • Influence research priorities so that they better reflect the needs of the public, policymakers and service providers
  • Provide a collective voice for researchers in the wider policy debate
  • promote issues of common interest to funders, universities and Government


It does this by:

  • Representing the research community to Government, funding organisations, the management community and other professional bodies by initiating and leading discussion and responding to policy issues
  • Organising events to promote research findings and provide opportunities for dialogue between researchers, service providers and policy makers
  • Building international links with equivalent bodies

SPHeRE Network Blog

The focus of the SPHeRE blog is to contribute to discussion on topical issues. The blog will have a range of contributors from individuals across the SPHeRE network.

Check out the SPHeRE Blog here.

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