Research and evaluation

Our work is driven by research, using learnings from our international colleagues to ensure the best possible outcome for the young people and artists we support. We regularly measure the outcomes of our own projects through surveys and interviews, fund independent research and are active participants in a global research network.

Research at Children's Books Ireland

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Photo of Marianne O’Kane Boal, Research Officer

Children’s Books Ireland has had a Research and Evaluation Officer, Dr. Marianne O’Kane Boal, in post since 2021. Marianne leads research and evaluation including research tools, data collection, analysis and reporting on our projects, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. She also monitors global research trends in children’s reading and the arts, which inform our projects from their initial stages to evaluation.


Inclusivity Partnership Award

Formed in the wake of Children’s Books Ireland’s BOLD GIRLS project in 2018, our Inclusivity Partnership enables researchers to work closely with experts in the area of children’s books to investigate key issues in contemporary publishing for young readers. It is presented in collaboration with the Trinity College Dublin School of English.


EURead Research Network

Children's Books Ireland is part of EURead, a network of 31 organisations from 22 European countries, who believe that reading is the key for full participation in today's media-led society. As part of EURead, we participate in an active research network, sharing findings from our projects and learning from fellow members who are working to promote childhood reading.


Líonra: The Ireland-Scotland Youth Literature and Arts Network

We are a proud members of Líonra, a new, transnational network between Ireland & Scotland focusing on youth literature and arts. Our latest report, carried out by a bilateral research team, explores how the children’s and young adult reading communities in Scotland and Ireland have been responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by COVID-19.


Our reports