Department of Children and Youth Affairs - What Works: Action Learning

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

What Works is an initiative designed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It aims to maximise the impact of prevention and early intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people living in Ireland. At the core of the initiative is a desire to foster persistent curiosity among those working to improve the lives of children and young people in Ireland.

As part of What Works, DCYA are working with a professional facilitator, Ms Ann Dinnegan, to deliver action learning sets targeting professionals working with children, young people and their families in Ireland. This open, nationwide programme of sets will take place over five meetings in five Irish regions

Dublin | East | West | South | Midlands


Joining Instructions

To register your place, email your preferred region to Denis_Ryan@dcya.gov.ie - 0035316473238

  • Dublin
  • East
  • West
  • South
  • Midlands

This programme is open to all professionals working with children, young people and their families.

Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Action Learning is an approach to problem solving and learning in small groups (‘sets’) to bring about significant change in individuals, teams, organisations and systems. Through action learning professionals develop themselves; see and solve problems with new insights and build valuable relationships that help to improve their existing systems and allow them to see things differently. It can deliver both enhanced skills and complex problem solving while also building relationships within the set and instilling the value of trust.

The structure of a set is simple, with an emphasis on creating and facilitating a safe, structured environment for the participants to learn from each other’s experience. The established process has been used to support innovation across the world, in public, private, community and voluntary settings. The learning objectives of the set include providing a safe, stimulating space to help members address complex practice challenges, strengthening the relationships between practitioners, and sharing the sets’ practice wisdom.

Sets are expected to occur at approximately four week intervals. Full details, and an indicative timetable, are available using the contact details in the left pane.

Participants will be expected to attend all five meetings of their chosen set.


This action learning programme will be facilitated by Ann Dinnegan
Ann is an experienced Action Learning Facilitator, HR Consultant, and Business Coach. She specialises in areas including Action Learning Facilitation for Creative Problem Solving and enhanced Business Alignment, and she has specific expertise in delivering a five-set model of action learning.

What Works

Region: 

Various Locations

Expiry date: 

05/11/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

05/09/19