Commissioning

The Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme commissions research on an ongoing basis. Calls for commissions are advertised on www.crisispregnancy.ie and www.etenders.gov.ie. Notification is also sent to research centres in Irish universities and third-level institutions with an appropriate research capacity.

Current commissions

 Research in post-primary schools on relationships and sexuality education – September 2016

The Programme wishes to commission an appropriately skilled person or team of people to design and carry out research that will generate qualitative data on the staff and student experience of Relationships & Sexuality Education (RSE) in post-primary schools. The Programme will be supported by the Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Health in overseeing and steering this project. The Programme invites third level institutions, research organisations and individuals with relevant expertise to submit proposals for this piece of research. For more information, please log onto http://www.etenders.gov.ie/ and search for reference RFT  108896.

Irish Research Council/ HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme’s Research Grant Scheme 2013

The HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme is very pleased to announce that a team led by Dr Gerard Molloy, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway has successfully been awarded the Irish Research Council/ HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme’s Research Grant as part of the 2013 scheme. Dr Molloy and a team of researchers from NUI Galway and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland aim to examine the ‘barriers and facilitators to the adherence and uptake of hormonal and long acting reversible contraceptives in Ireland’. The team plans to carry out secondary analysis of the ICCP-2010 dataset and gather new qualitative data via interviews with GPs, Pharmacists and contraceptive users. This is the first study of its kind in Ireland. It is envisaged the information generated from this work will be very useful in addressing some of the key objectives of the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme’s strategic plan relating to uptake and use of contraception. The study was initiated in December 2013 and will be progressed for a period of fifteen months. 

Exploring the factors that inhibit and enable communication between parents and primary school children aged 4-9 years about relationships, sexuality and growing up

The HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme has  commissioned research aimed at exploring the factors that inhibit and enable communication between parents and primary school children aged 4-9 years about relationships, sexuality and growing up. Dr. Catherine Conlon and Professor Virpi Timonen from the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, will initiate the research in 2014. The outputs from the project will inform the Programme and its partners on how best to further support parents in the delivery of relationships and sexuality education.

Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme and Irish Research Council Collaborative Research Award

The Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme, in conjunction with the Irish Research Council, is very pleased to have awarded Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Health Promotion Unit, National University of Ireland, Galway, with a Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences award, to carry out Adolescent Sexual Health Behaviour in Ireland: Data, Dissemination and Development. This project sets out to systematically analyse sexual health behaviour data collected in the 2010 Irish Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, which represents the first nationally representative and internationally comparable adolescent data in Ireland. The research will comprise a series of data analyses, will make analytical comparisons with other national studies of sexual health and will replicate international findings using Irish data.

Sexual Health and Sexual Education Needs Assessment for Young People in Care in the Republic of Ireland (SENYPIC)

At the end of 2011, the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme, in partnership with HSE Child and Family Services, awarded this contract to a team of researchers from the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in UCD, Insights Health and Social Research Consultancy and Queens University Belfast, led by Professor Abbey Hyde. The research project commenced in 2012 and it is anticipated that key outputs will be available by late 2013.

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science (IRCHSS)

Since 2011, the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme has worked in partnership with the Irish Research Council (formerly IRCHSS) to co-fund Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Projects Scheme. This scheme was established to facilitate established researchers to bring existing research activities or short-term projects to successful completion. In 2012 Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn  and a research team from the Health Promotion Research Centre  at NUI Galway were awarded funding under this scheme. Research grants scheme for 2013 is currently underway.

Click here to see a full list of Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme research reports.

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