Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is strategically committed to supporting research that generates an evidence base and advances knowledge and understanding to inform service developments, ensure best practice and engage in effective policy advocacy. We do this in a range of ways including funding external research, engaging in research internally, directly commissioning research to inform policy development and facilitating, where appropriate, the active participation of people using our services and their families in research projects.

Ethics and governance

At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland we support and facilitate new research, but we also have a responsibility to ensure that the rights and interests of people with brain injury and their families are protected and upheld. Therefore, we have structures in place to support research processes including a Research Committee and an Ethics Committee. The former makes decisions in relation to the type of research projects our organisation will support, and the latter provides ethical approval to the researcher for the specific research project.