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Page last updated: 27th February 2013

Current Research Projects

Comparing the use of GPS enabled tracking devices and hand‑written diaries in plotting the movements of young people

January 2013, ongoing

Summary: The project involved twelve school pupils (Lower and Upper 6th) recording their movements for a week, using both a tracking device and a traditional diary. The perceptions of the young people with regards to the ease of use and accuracy of each method were compared in focus group sessions. It is anticipated that the results will be written up as a journal article.
(further information)

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Developing Child Rights Indicators

February 2012, ongoing

Summary: This project, commissioned by OFMDFM, will develop a set of child rights indicators related to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), by further developing existing work in this area and drawing upon international standards and good practice including general comments and concluding observations of the UNCRC.
(further information)

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The Children and Youth Programme

April 2010, ongoing

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Summary: The Children and Youth Programme is an innovative collaboration between the two UNESCO Chairs on the island of Ireland; Professor Pat Dolan at NUI Galway and Professor Alan Smith from the UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. This Programme draws upon the knowledge and expertise of researchers from a wide range of disciplines on issues affecting children and youth, seeks to inform those working with, or on behalf of, children and youth across the island and aims to contribute to improving the lives of children and youth.
(visit the dedicated CYP website)

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Completed Research Projects

Integrated Education: A Review of the Evidence, 1999–2012

November 2012 to January 2013

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Summary: This review, commissioned by the Integrated Education Fund (IEF), involved a critical analysis of policy development and research evidence into the educational, societal and economic benefits of integrated education in Northern Ireland since 1999.
(further information)

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Education and Internally Displaced Persons

March 2011 to October 2012

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Summary: Through a series of international case studies, a new book ‘Education and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)’ examines the barriers to education for IDPs and explores how these may be overcome. The book is part of a series discussing Education as a Humanitarian Response and will be published in autumn 2012 by Continuum Books.
(further information)

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Developing and Implementing Child Rights Compliant Policies and Strategies

January 2012 to June 2012

Summary: This Project was commissioned by the office of the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People, to develop a guidance document aimed at civil servants using a rights‑based approach to the development and implementation of strategies, policies and action plans.
(further information)

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Making Children Visible: Assessing the impact on Children (NICCY)

January 2012 to April 2012

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Summary: The Welfare Reform Bill currently making its way through Westminster will give effect to a number of proposals which, statistical modelling would suggest, are likely to have a very detrimental impact on families with children. While all families with children will be impacted, some groups of children, particularly those who live in families in the bottom 60% of society, will be most affected.
(further information)

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The Role of Education in Peacebuilding

September 2010 to February 2012

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Summary: Commissioned by UNICEF, this 15 month research study examined the challenges and opportunities for education and peacebuilding in conflict‑affected countries.
(further information)

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Please Note:

We are currently in the process of updating the back catalogue of our work. If in the meantime you require information on previous projects that are not yet listed here please contact us at the UNESCO Centre.

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