Dr Sean Redmond, a government official with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has joined the school on a three year secondment. Sean will lead a new initiative to improve the evidence base for policy and programme decision making in the area of youth crime.
The Research into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) project will sponsor primary research, undertake data analysis and provide evidence reviews to assist policy makers to make better decisions and better investments of tax payers' investment in programmes for children in trouble with the law.
Speaking about the project Dr Redmond said:
'I'm very excited about this opportunity. More and more people rightly expect substance and evidence to inform decision making in key areas like youth crime policy. The University of Limerick was selected to work on this project because of it's impressive reputation for delivering high quality and practical research. The School of Law has put together a high calibre support team and I look forward to getting started and working with my new colleagues on the project...'