Influencing policy and practice is work in progress

Elizabeth Nelson, Dermot O'Reilly

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Focusing on policy impact without a functioning regional devolved government required Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC NI) researchers and staff to develop new ways of influencing policy and practice in Northern Ireland. The development of a co-production model with policymakers, service providers and third sector representatives has embedded pathways to impact within research programmes, to great success. This paper describes the efforts of the ADRC NI to influence policy and practice, in Northern Ireland in challenging political circumstances, outlining the context, approach, processes, strengths, challenges and lessons for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1714
JournalInternational Journal of Population Data Science
Issue number3
Early online date3 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished online - 3 Feb 2022

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Funding Information:
ADRC NI is a research partnership of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), with additional support from the Research and Development Division of Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCR&D). ADRC NI along with the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Agency (NISRA) are collectively referred to as Administrative Data Research Northern Ireland (ADR NI), which, with sister centres in England, Scotland and Wales, is part of a UK-wide partnership called ADR UK, coordinated by a Strategic Hub [1]. ADR UK’s ethos is to facilitate safe and secure access to linked administrative datasets for research purposes for public benefit and to inform policy decisions and service provision [2]. This mission is shared by ADRC NI, whose objective is to develop policy-led ethical research which provides evidentiary tools to both government and communities to affect policy response.

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