Symposium: Developing Quality and Innovation Through Strategic Operations and Alliances in The Voluntary Disability Sector - 29 Nov

You are invited to a one-day symposium on the development and implementation of quality and innovation through strategic operations and alliances in the voluntary disability sector and the wider community and voluntary sector, in Ireland.

The symposium, which takes place on Friday, 29 November from 10.30am - 3.50pm, is hosted jointly by the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and the Enterprise Research Centre at the University of Limerick (UL).

Based on research conducted by post-graduate students in the university, the symposium will examine the challenges, opportunities and achievements in this area from an Irish perspective.

Key speakers set to address the event include:

  • Marie Keogh O’Sullivan, Director of Safety and Quality Improvement at HIQA
  • Professor Eamon Murphy of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the University of Limerick (UL) and contributors of DFI, UL, Cork Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Wexford Disability Services (CIL) and Fighting Blindness.

A cornerstone of this symposium is the findings from the research project undertaken by three UL students into quality agenda and initiatives, developed and implemented by DFI, UL and participating member organisations.

Key Objectives of the Symposium

  • To discuss quality principles and thinking in the community and voluntary sector, examining the findings from the shared partnership which has grown between DFI and UL over the past three years
  • To exchange knowledge of quality tools, such as “lean thinking” and “value add”, in considering how best to create and sustain a culture of quality within an organisation
  • To examine opportunities for improved quality across the community and voluntary sector through increased co-operation and sharing of information and practice
  • To review the research and case studies undertaken by three post-graduate students from UL, outlining the challenges and efficiencies learned by organisations through the process
  • To consider how best to use quality tools to drive innovation in organisations
  • To celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the graduates of “An Introduction to Quality Management for Community and Voluntary Organisations” on the successful completion of their course.

Who Is This Symposium For?

  • Voluntary Disability Organisations.
  • Wider Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations.
  • Funders and Commissioners of Disability Services.
  • Graduates of the “An Introduction to Quality Management for Community and Voluntary Organisations”.
  • Quality Professionals.

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For more information, contact Cathy McGrath on 086 384 7440 or

View the full symposium brochure online here.