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What the Institute is and does
The ESRI is an independent research institute founded in 1960. Over the past fifty years it has established its position as an important source of independent academic research on economic and social change, which informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.
We cover a wide range of research areas and these are outlined in our current research strategy. Annually we report on our work in the form of the Institute Annual Review of Research which can be downloaded here. Our latest Review covers 2012. Meanwhile current information on our Research Programme Areas can be accessed directly on the website.
We are currently developing a new research strategy for the period 2014-2018. This strategy will be based on a review of existing activities, including our evolving relationship with the higher education sector and in particular our strategic alliance with Trinity College Dublin in the social sciences, and developments and reforms within the Irish public sector.
Current ESRI Research
ESRI research seeks to inform our understanding of key issues facing Irish society. At present there is a strong focus on research relevant to economic recovery and the impact of austerity.
A major new project, which started in mid-October, will produce two studies for the European Competitiveness Report 2014. It is funded by DG Enterprise and Industry. The studies are on Access to External Financing and Firm Growth, and Drivers of SMEs Internationalisation: Implications for Firm Growth and Competitiveness.
The Institute has also agreed a new two-year programme of research, funded by the Health and Safety Authority, which will seek to create, improve and enhance knowledge on occupational health and safety in order to provide evidence for policy on Health, Safety and Well-being at Work. The Institute is continuing research on how to fund SMEs as economic recovery takes hold, and on the impact of credit constraints on household behaviour.
Researchers at the Institute are developing computerised experiments to explore the limits of consumers’ abilities to value complex products and to choose between them. This research seeks to provide evidence for policymakers that may help them to devise policies to support consumers to make better decisions in key markets. The research [Programme of Research Investigating Consumer Evaluations] (PRICE) Lab is co-funded by the National Consumer Agency, Commission for Energy Regulation, ComReg, and the Central Bank of Ireland.
Research funded by the Department of Social Protection is focusing on analysing aspects of social inclusion using the Survey of Income and Living Conditions (SILC) data. Research is exploring the role of social transfers in alleviating poverty in Ireland and the capacity of indicators of financial stress to capture the impact of the recession on households.
Two new projects on disability will combine data from the National Disability Survey (NDS) and 2006 Census data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to explore the factors which enable people with an emotional, psychological or mental health disability to participate in economic and social life and the experiences of children with a disability in the education system. The latest Annual Monitoring Report on Integration was published earlier in 2013, it uses a range of indicators to measure different aspects of immigrant inclusion in Irish society.
Research on education provides evidence to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of different elements of government spending on education and training. Current major projects include a large-scale multi-method longitudinal study of special classes in Irish primary and post-primary schools, and a project which is developing a five year strategic plan and associated implementation plan for SOLAS, aimed at developing a quality brand for Further Education and Training in Ireland that meets the needs of both learners and employers. A project recently completed studied secondary schools in Ireland, exploring differences in the ways in which the three subsectors within secondary education are funded and governed. The Institute has also identified a range of issues where it believes research could very usefully inform policy and decisions making. One such issue is how further education, higher education and other forms of post-school education and training interact at the individual and institutional level.
The Institute's research bulletin series provides short summaries of work published by ESRI staff and overviews of thematic areas covered by ESRI programmes of research.
So far this year, the Institute has held the following conferences and launches:
and Seminars and Workshops:
Many more events are planned – please visit our forthcoming events webpage.
As we continue to address our major economic and fiscal challenges, the need for the ESRI’s research has never been greater. In focusing on policy-relevant research issues, the ESRI is continuing a tradition that now stretches back over 50 years. I am confident that the research activities of our research teams will continue to inform public and policy debates on how we may return to a path of sustained economic recovery and social progress.
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