About Us

We are a group of experienced researchers with more than 20 years experience working with senior policy makers and practitioners to identify and meet their research needs. All our senior researchers have worked in national policy organisations and have been involved in the development and implementation of research programmes and in carrying out research for senior decision-makers. Individually we have led the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of many studies across areas as diverse as health, services, well-being, crime, restorative justice, children and families. We each have a strong commitment to making sure research is used to improve the lives of people.

  • Dr Sinead Hanafin is a nurse, midwife and public health nurse since the 1980s and worked as the Head of Research at the Irish Department of Health and Children for several years
  • Dr Kieran O’ Dwyer worked as the Head of Research for the Irish police force as well as spending time at the OECD
  • Sandra Roe worked at the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and is a social research consultant since 2005

Meet The Senior Team


Dr Sinead Hanafin

Managing Director

Dr Sinéad Hanafin has been researching for almost 30 years and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, reports, book chapters and editorials. She is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and workshops and recently presented her work in Norway, Turkey and the United States as well as Ireland. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

Her passion for making research useful comes from her experiences of working in practice as a nurse, midwife and public health nurse; of working in academia as a lecturer and researcher and of working in policy as Head of Research at the Department of Health and Children for almost 10 years.

She has extensive expertise across a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and has led large scale surveys, multi-method evaluations and a number of strategic developments around research and data. She has an expertise in subject matter areas such as strategic research and data development, health and well-being, community nursing and children’s lives.

Dr Hanafin’s expertise is grounded in her educational background in nursing as well as research. She holds a Diploma in Research Methods (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland), M.Sc (Trinity College Dublin) and PhD (King’s College London). She has also completed a European PhD programme having studied at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Lund University, Sweden and Edinburgh University, Scotland. She is committed to continuous professional development and has recently completed an accredited course with the UK National Economic Forum on Social Return on Investment.


Ms Sandra Roe

Research Associate

Ms. Sandra Roe is an experienced researcher who holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Sociology and French and an M. Sc. in Applied Social Research. She has conducted research for a wide range of Government and Non-Government Organisations in Ireland and internationally since 2005 in areas such as children and young people, education, homelessness, ethnicity, health, migrant rights, recreation, the arts, aging and inter-country adoption. She has also worked as a Qualitative Researcher on ‘Growing up in Ireland’;the government funded National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland. Recent publications include:

• Report of a consultation with young people on reform of the Junior Cycle published by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
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• Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (2010) Life skills matter- not just points: A survey of implementation of Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in second-level schools.

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Dr Kieran O’Dwyer

Research Associate

Dr Kieran O’Dwyer holds a B. Comm, MPA and M Sc and was awarded a PhD from University College Dublin in 2008 for his thesis on the Garda restorative justice programme. Kieran has worked in various government departments including as policy analyst in the Departments of Finance and Energy.

He worked for 6 years in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. He was then Head of Research in the Garda Síochána between 1994 and 2006 where he was involved in the development, analysis and reporting of research and evaluation projects including public attitude surveys, human and vehicle resource modeling, crime statistics analysis, victimisation studies, activity analysis, and reviews of court appearances and promotion systems. He worked in the Irish Prison Service from 2006 to 2012, latterly as Director of Regimes.