Family Carers Ireland is dedicated to developing and supporting research that has relevance and meaning for family carers, research that influences social policy and enhances the quality of life of family carers and the people they care for. 

Family Carers Ireland has developed key partnerships and relationships with academic institutions in Ireland and internationally to build strong networks. These institutions include University College Dublin, University College Cork, Dublin City University, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and IT Sligo.

We support carer-related research in the following ways:

  • Sharing advice and expertise
  • Assisting with research implementation
  • Facilitating recruitment of participants to research studies
  • Facilitating Person Public Involvement (PPI) support

We are currently involved in research studies ranging in topics from SMART technology in the home to working carers. If you would like to speak with Family Carers Ireland about collaborating on a research project, please contact Dr Nikki Dunne (ndunne@familycarers.ie).

Research Reports and Publications

Family Carers Ireland is dedicated to shining a light on the realities of caring. One way of doing this is to partner with groups including academic and research institutions and other charities. Our published research reports and briefing papers are available below.

2020


Caring Through COVID: Life in Lockdown

This research was conducted by Family Carers Ireland. This…

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2019


Paying the Price: The Physical, Mental and Psychological Impact of Caring

This research was conducted by Family Carers Ireland, the …

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Paying the Price: The Hidden Impacts of Caring

This research was conducted by Family Carers Ireland, the …

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2018


Carers and the State Pension: A Guide to the Pension System for Family Carers

This paper was produced by Family Carers Ireland

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2017


Post-Caregiving: Family Carers’ Experiences of Cessation of the Caring Role: Implications for Policy and Practice

This research was conducted by University College Cork in …

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Briefing Paper: Balancing Work and Care: International Challenges and Irish Perspectives

This briefing paper was produced by Family Carers Ireland

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Carers and Employment: Socioeconomic Data from the 2011 and 2016 Irish Censuses

This briefing paper was produced by Family Carers Ireland

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2016


Family Carers’ Experiences of Caring for a Person with Intellectual Disability

This research was conducted by UCD, Family Carers Ireland …

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A Fine Balance: Mental Health and Family Caring

This research was conducted by University College Cork Sch…

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Briefing Paper on Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill

This briefing paper was produced by Family Carers Ireland

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2009


Family Carers 2009 Health and Wellbeing Survey

This research was conducted by Family Carers Ireland and t…

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2008


Listening to Carers: Report on a Nationwide Carer Consultation

This research was undertaken by Family Carers Ireland in c…

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The Family Carers Research Advisory Network (PPI)

Family carers are experts in their own lives and their own experiences and can bring unique insights which are valuable for research. It is vital that the views and opinions of family carers are taken into account in all areas of research involving family carers, at a national and international level. 

To ensure that carers’ unique insights are included in research projects from the earliest stages, Family Carers Ireland are in the process of setting up a ‘Family Carers Research Advisory Network’ – a Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) network of family carers who will influence, advise and work with researchers advising on research projects or carrying out research that involve family carers.  

In general, PPI in research means research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. It is not about collecting data, but about offering advice, insights, and contributing to research projects in the same way other collaborators would. 

If you are a researcher and would like to engage with members of the Family Carers Research Advisory Network, please complete this form and return it to ndunne@family carers.ie.