Commissioned Research Reports
Hunter, A. and Irwin, J. (2022) ‘Knowing Your Neighbour: Educating in Multi-belief contexts in Northern and Southern Ireland’. SCOTENS. (Joint Winner of John Coolahan Award 2022)
Kazmierczak-Murray, S. (2021). Effective Speech and Language Services for Young Children: A Review of Current Evidence. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).
Eivers, E. (2020). Reducing early school leaving in Malta. Report for MEDE
Ní Chlochasaigh, K., Shiel, G. & Ó Duibhir, P. (2020). Iniúchadh ar an Tumoideachas do Dhaltaí i Scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge i gCeantair Mhíbhuntáiste [An investigation into immersion education for pupils in Irish-medium schools in areas in social disadvantage]. An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta
Burke, Andrew; Cuadra, Ernesto Pancracio; Mahon,Tony; Moreno Olmedilla, Juan Manuel & Thacker,Simon (2020). Transforming Teacher Education in the West Bank and Gaza: Policy Implications for Developing Countries. The World Bank
Brady, D. (2020). Retention Rates of Leaving Certificate in County Carlow, Published and commissioned by Carlow County Development Partnership. Foreword by Dr Paul Downes.
Donlevy, V; Day, L., Andriescu, M & Downes, P. (2019). Assessment of the implementation of the 2011 Council Recommendation on Policies to Reduce Early School Leaving. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union
Murphy, S; McKenna, G & Downes, P. (2019). Educational Gaps and Future Solutions A study of the holistic educational needs and experiences of a sample of homeless men in Dublin aged 18-38 Years. Dublin: Peter McVerry Trust.
CEDEFOP SELF-REFLECTION TOOL FOR POLICY MAKERS TO TACKLE EARLY LEAVING FROM VET - Access Self-Reflection Tool here
The development of the toolkit was developed by Paul Downes, Dublin City University under Cedefop’s framework contract 2013-FWC25/AO/ECVL/IPS-ARANl/EarlyLeaving/OO5/13 and the responsibility of Irene Psifidou, Cedefop expert at the Department for learning and employability, headed by Antonio Ranieri.
McNally, S. & Downes, P. (2016). Evaluation of University College Dublin’s ‘Future You’ Peer Support Access Initiative: A Relational, Community Development Systemic Outreach Approach. Dublin: UCD. ACCESS THE REPORT HERE
Downes, P. (2011). LLL2010 Project Report No 5. A Systems Level Focus on Access to Education for Traditionally Marginalised Groups in Europe: Comparing Strategies, Policy and Practice in Twelve European Countries. LLL2010 SP5 Comparative Report
Downes, P. (2011). Multi/Interdisciplinary Teams for Early School Leaving Prevention: Developing a European Strategy Informed by International Evidence and Research. Commissioned Research Report for European Commission, NESET (Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training), Directorate General, Education and Culture: Brussels.
Downes, P. (2011). Community Based Lifelong Learning Centres: Developing a European Strategy Informed by International Evidence and Research. Commissioned Research Report for European Commission, NESET (Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training), Directorate General, Education and Culture: Brussels.
Maunsell, C. (2011). Lifelong learning and associated policy objectives (European, national and institutional) in Recognition of Prior Learning in the University Sector: Dublin: FIN
Ivers, J., McLoughlin, V. and Downes, P. (2010). Current Steps and Future Horizons for CASPr. Review of CASPr North-East Inner City After Schools Project. North Inner City Dublin: Community After Schools Project (CASPR).
Carrigan, J. & Downes, P. (with Byrne, I.) (2010). Is there more than what's the score? Exploring needs and skills checking for literacy as part of a holistic initial assessment process in a lifelong learning society. Funded by the Department of Education and Skills
Maunsell, C., Downes P & McLoughlin, V. (2008). National Report on Lifelong Learning in Ireland. LLL2010: Sub-project 1: Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe - the Contribution of the Education System. Dublin: Educational Disadvantage Centre
Downes, P & Maunsell, C. (2007). Count us in: Tackling early school leaving in South West Inner City Dublin: An integrated response. Dublin: Commissioned by the South Inner City Community Development Association
Downes, P, Maunsell, C & Ivers, J. (2006). A Holistic Approach to Early School Leaving and School Retention in Blanchardstown : Current Issues and Future Steps for Services and Schools. Dublin: Blanchardstown Area Partnership
Traveller Education Strategy submission by The Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, February 2004. Download as pdf file
Downes, P. & Maunsell, C. (2003). Expert Survey on family-based prevention, community-based prevention and indicated prevention (early interventions) in Ireland: Compiled for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Click here to access this report
Primary Education: Ending Disadvantage: Proceedings and Action Plan of the National Forum, July 1-5th 2002, St. Patrick's College. 2002
Achieving Equality in Children's Education. Research Report by Dr. Katherine Zappone. 2002
Video - 'Messages from the Children' by Dr. Katherine Zappone, Colm Hefferon and Paul Murphy. 2002
Website version (October 2003), European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Annual Report 2003, The state of the drugs problem in the acceding and candidate countries to the European Union: Country Profiles, Estonia and Latvia
Downes. P. (2002). Interim evaluation report on 'Oasis Counselling Service Ballyfermot' for URBAN, Ballyfermot (2002)
(The above are available for loan in the Educational Disadvantage Centre's Resource Library).