This research was undertaken by the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC NI), partner of ADR Northern Ireland.
In the Spring of 2019 ADRC NI partnered with the Children for All Coalition to deliver a conference on childcare policy at Queen’s University, showcasing ADRC NI legacy research from Dr Corina Miller on factors affecting maternal employment and the positive role that co-resident grandparents can have in enabling mothers to get back into full and part-time employment.
This research was formed in partnership with several local NGOs after a series of thematic data workshops delivered by our Public Engagement and Impact Manager during the ADRN (Administrative Data Research Network, the predecessor to ADR UK) period. It has continued to flourish as a partnership, delivering results for the NGOs involved in the form of data-driven, Northern Ireland-specific research to use as evidence in advocacy and lobbying, and for the researcher, whose research benefitted from additional datasets gained through these stakeholder relationships.
A new Cross Party Working Group on Early Education and Childcare has begun meeting to draw up a Childcare Strategy for Northern Ireland. This group will be receiving evidence on an ongoing basis in order to develop the Strategy that will form the basis of any new legislation developed once devolved government is restored to Northern Ireland. It is anticipated that Dr Miller’s research will be a key piece of evidence, given our partnership with the Childcare for All Coalition who are key members of the Working Group.
This draws a direct line from ADRC NI's public engagement work with the voluntary and community sector to influencing a crucial new piece of policy that will positively impact families in Northern Ireland.