2019 - A new era for the Children's Research Network

Sustainability is critical to the success of any network. The Atlantic Philanthropies' funding, which has generously supported the Network over the last four years, comes to an end in December 2018. Over the last 18 months, with the assistance of Centre for Effective Services (CES), considerable efforts have been made to sustain the future of the Network. This has included seeking funding, building the Network and establishing relationships with organisations. The result of these efforts sees current oversight for the Network move from CES in early 2019 to Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC), Trinity College Dublin. The Children’s Research Network's move to TRiCC will guarantee the continuation of the Network - and its aims and key activities - into the future.

To facilitate the transition, TRiCC employed Dr Derina Johnson as Research Coordinator, who has been working closely with the Network's current staff members at CES to ensure the smooth transfer of the Network to its new home.

A message from Professor Trevor Spratt, Director of Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC)

“We were very pleased to be asked to consider the possibility of the Children's Research Network finding a new 'home' within Trinity. As networks grow and mature, forming new partnerships to increase reach and influence becomes a natural part of development.

The Trinity Research in Childhood Centre has similar aims to the Network, in that we seek to bring together researchers working in different disciplines to promote a common endeavour - the production and dissemination of research designed to improve the lives of children on this island and internationally. We believe that this compatibility of aims lays the foundation for the further development of new connections between members of the two networks. As members, drawn from the academic, professional and policy sectors across this island, meet each other and discover commonalities, new synergies will arise providing catalysts for new and exciting projects and initiatives.”

A Thousand Thank Yous!

With this move comes some sad goodbyes. At the end of December, David Kenefick completes his tenure as Project Manager but we look forward to his continued involvement as the newest member of the Network Advisory Committee. Ruth Geraghty also leaves the Network but remains in CES as Project Specialist, and connected to the Network as a (hopefully active!) member. Meanwhile James O’Connor will continue working on the transition with Derina until the end of January. We sincerely thank David, Ruth and James for all their hard work with the Children's Research Network, and throughout the transition process. 

Visit the TRiCC website for more information