Conference Highlights ‘Community’ Role Of Research


The value of research-based evidence in community development will be the focus of a special conference at IT Sligo on December 4th.

The Institute’s Centre for Research in Social Professions (CRiSP) is hosting the one-day event entitled: Embedding Research Evidence in Community Development.

This conference will provide an opportunity to share and disseminate evidence to key stakeholders. It will also initiate a repository of knowledge to be accessible to all community stakeholders.

Keynote speakers on the day will include:

  • Ciarán Hayes, CEO of Sligo County Council
  • Professor Mark Boyle, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth Unversity – ‘Local government reform, community planning, and data’
  • Jane Gray, Maynooth University – Archiving research data for sharing and re-use: opportunities and challenges
  • Eileen Humphreys, University of Limerick – ‘Working with evidence-based approaches in social inclusion interventions at local level: Experience and challenges’.

You can register your place using this link:

Embedding Research Evidence in Community Development Conference.

The Centre for Research in Social Professions (CRiSP) was established in 2012. Since its inception team members have undertaken empirical research in a number of research areas, including youth and community, health, psychology, educational progression, teaching and learning, technology and learning, social and environmental sustainability, interculturalism, and community development.

In partnership with social professionals and local communities, CRiSP has developed its mission of improving the quality of life for those living in the region. For this work to happen, CRiSP harnesses the knowledge, skills and expertise of local people, researchers from across IT Sligo, and international, national and local partners (e.g. Canadian, North American and European academic partners; national and local government; statutory, private and voluntary sector agencies).

Members’ research activities have achieved national and international recognition.

CRiSP is consolidating these achievements by creating a research space for social and health science researchers to collaborate together.

The centre has forged links with national and international organisations such as Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP), CYPSC, Formation d’Educateurs Sociaux Européens / European Social Educator Training (FESET), Pedagogy Learning & Education for the Early Years (PLÉ), Social Care Ireland (SCI) and Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) and Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC).

If you would like to collaborate with CRiSP on research-related activities, please contact Tamsin Cavaliero (Director). Email:

For more information on CRiSP, click here.

IT Sligo’s Embedding Research Evidence in Community Development. Conference takes place on Friday, December 4th, 2015, from 9am to 5pm. Register here.