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Applied Social Studies: Websites


Barnardo's UK Research Links

Listing of UK research resources. was created by the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC) to provide access to research and information on children for policy-makers, Government departments, academics, voluntary organisations and the general public.

Childwatch International Research Network

Childwatch International is a nonprofit, nongovernmental network of institutions engaged in research for children. The Network seeks to strengthen child-centred research to contribute towards real improvement in children's well-being.

Health-EU: The Public Health Portal of the European Union

Offers a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European and international level. The main objective of this thematic Portal is to provide European citizens with easy access to comprehensive information on Public Health initiatives and programmes at EU level. The portal is intended to help meet EU objectives in the Public Health field, it is an important instrument to positively influence behaviour and promote the steady improvement of public health in the 25 EU Member States.

Irish Social Care Gateway

The Irish directory of information for social care practitioners, students, academics and those interested in care issues. The Gateway is maintained by the social care programme at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, on behalf of the Irish Association of Social Care Educators.


Irish education portal.

Social Sciences Virtual Library

Portal to WWW Virtual Library.

SOCIOSITE: Social Science Information System based at the University of Amsterdam

The SocioSite is designed to get access to information and resources which are relevant for sociologists and other social scientists. It has been designed from a global point of view - it gives access to the world wide scene of social sciences. The intention is to provide a comprehensive listing of all sociology resources on the Internet.


Provides a gateway to independent sociological resources on the Internet.



Active Link – Online network of Irish non-profit organisations

Activelink works with non-profit organisations to develop online communications in the public interest, to promote action and participation and to foster the sharing of ideas, experience and information for a better world.


ASA – American Sociological Association

Is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a s scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.

British Sociological Association

The BSA is the professional organisation representing sociologists in Britain today.

Childcare Online

Dublin City Childcare Committee website provides latest news and information on childcare for parents and providers, setting up a childcare facility, funding opportunities, children's rights and child protection, family fun, discussion boards, and much, much more!

ChildOn: European Network of National Observatories on Childhood

This site supports the exchange of knowledge and information on laws, policies, programmes, statistics, studies, research, best practices regarding childhood and adolescence;  the exchange of knowledge on methodology and indicators in order to obtain comparability of information; comparative analysis on specific subjects.

Early Childhood Care and Education Research Database

The aim of the CECDE is to develop and co-ordinate early childhood education in pursuance of the objectives of the White Paper 'Ready to Learn' and to advise the Department of Education and Science on policy issues in this area. The Centre's brief covers children from birth to 6 years of age in a wide variety of settings, including families, nurseries, crèches, playgroups, child minders, preschools and the infant classes of primary schools.

Early Childhood Ireland

IPPA, the Early Childhood Organisation, is the largest voluntary organisation working for young children and their families in Ireland.

Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Society Today

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. We aim to provide high quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government.

Institute of Social Studies

ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.

ISA: the International Sociological Association

The goal of the ISA, is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion, and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 109 countries.

National Documentation Centre on Drug Use

This is a unique information resource providing Irish researchers with access to electronic and hard copy research documentation on all aspects of drug use.

Siolta: The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education

Síolta represents the edited work of a wide range of stakeholders in the early childhood care and education (ECCE) sector in Ireland.

SAI: Sociological Association of Ireland

The Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) is the professional association for sociologists researching and studying Irish society as well as sociologists working in Ireland and abroad who have an interest in Irish society.

Sociological Research Online

Focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates.

UK Every Child Matters

Cross-Government working with local partners to achieve better outcomes for children and young people. Includes sections on early years and childcare, education, training and employment, health, parents, carers and families, social care, welfare and protection, and youth justice.

UK Sure Start

Sure Start is a government programme which aims to achieve better outcomes for children, parents and communities by increasing the availability of childcare for all children, improving health and emotional development for young children and supporting parents as parents and in their aspirations towards employment.