Research, Statistics, Policy and Reports on Men

This section offers links to some research, statistics, policies and reports which address the needs of men and boys.  Please click on the (blue) links below to find out more ...



An Investigation into the Partnership Process of Community Based Health Promotion for Men:  An 'International Journal of Health Promotion and Education' article written by staff from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Facing the Challenge - The Impact of the Recession and Unemployment on Men’s Health in Ireland (PDF, 1.9MB):  A study by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.

Fathers, Separation and Co-Parenting - Man Matters Policy Briefing Paper Number 3 published in January 2014 (PDF, 2.2MB).

Gender Equality Strategy Statistics - 2011 Update (PDF, 735KB):  Prepared for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland (OFMDFM) by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

Getting Inside Men's Health (PDF, 1.5MB):  Outcomes of a research project to inform the development of a National Men's Health Policy in the Republic of Ireland.

Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2011 (PDF, 2.26MB):  Health data on the Republic of Ireland over the past decade, which aims to highlight trends and topics of growing concern, as well as to assess progress in the broader EU context.

Men in Northern Ireland (MiNI) Series:  Headline factsheets on males, presenting key statistics relating to demography, work, health, education, family life and caring responsibilities (prepared by staff from ARK).

Men's Attitudes and Values Research (PDF, 368KB):  Organised by The Male Link in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties during 2000, this study questioned 632 males, aged 15 years and over, about a range of issues affecting men.

Men's Health in Ireland (PDF, 2.13MB): The Men's Health Forum in Ireland's seminal report in 2004, which provided the most comprehensive overview of key statistics on men's health on the island of Ireland ever collated up to that time.  This provided clear evidence of men's health needs in Ireland.

Men's Health in Numbers: Irish Men's Health Report Card 2020 - an infographically-driven publication that provides a lay person’s synopsis of contemporary key men’s health statistics in the Republic of Ireland.

Men's Health in Numbers: Northern Ireland Men's Health Report Card 2021 - an infographically-driven publication that provides a lay person’s synopsis of contemporary key men’s health statistics in Northern Ireland.

Men's Health in Numbers: Trends on the Island of Ireland - a comprehensive report that describes, in detail, changes in significant markers of men’s health on the island of Ireland in the last twenty years.
Men's Life and Times:  A module within the 2000 and 2004 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, conducted by the ARK team within Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.  This research explores the attitudes of both men and women to issues affecting men.

Men Talking (PDF, 5.7MB): a study of men's health in the North Eastern Health Board (2001).

North Leitrim Men's Research:  Report, in 2001, on research conducted by the North Leitrim Men's Group into the needs of single rural men.

Out of Sight. Out of Mind (PDF, 5.6MB): A report by the Samaritans on why less-well off middle-aged men don’t get the support they need.

Report on the State of Men's Health across 17 European Countries:  European Men's Health Forum publication which examines a broad range of men's health issues and health inequalities throughout 17 European countries.

Social Focus on Men (PDF, 642KB):  Produced by UK National Statistics, this report provides an overview of the changing lives and roles of men in the United Kingdom in terms of their health, work, income, education, family situation and lifestyle in 2001.

The State of Men's Health in Europe (PDF, 3.63MB):  A report launched on Tuesday 14th June 2011 which compares men's health status between and within European Union countries.

Response to 'The State of Men's Health in Europe' (PDF, 5.9MB):  Prepared by the European Men's Health Forum, this document makes a set of recommendations based upon the findings in the original report.

Understanding Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Man Matters Policy Briefing Paper No 2 - a Northern Irish report on fathers and fatherhood, published in October 2012 (PDF, 1.6MB).

Women and Men in Ireland, 2011 (PDF, 1.21MB):  Gender equality indicators collated by the Central Statistics Office in the Republic of Ireland.

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Australian National Men's Health Policy:  The main policy document, as well as other supporting materials, which were considered when it was being drawn-up.

Delivering Men's Health (PDF, 1.9MB): A guide for policy makers and service providers, produced by Global Action on Men's Health.

Healthy Ireland - Men 2017-2021 (PDF, 4.02MB): Ireland's National Men's Health Action Plan.

Improving Men’s Health in Northern Ireland (PDF, 260KB):  Policy recommendations for improving men's health, produced by the British Medical Association in Northern Ireland.

Irish National Men's Health Policy 2008-2013 (PDF, 1.2MB):  The Republic of Ireland was the first country in the world to have a policy on men's health. This link is to a PDF of the full policy document.

Men’s Health in Northern Ireland: Tackling the Root Causes of Men’s [Ill] Health - Policy Briefing Paper No 1 (PDF, 965KB):  Prepared by the Men's Health Forum in Ireland to inform the work of the Man Matters partnership.

Review of the National Men's Health Policy and Action Plan 2008-2013 (PDF, 1.6MB):  A review of the impact of Ireland's National Men's Health Policy conducted by Peter Baker for the Health Service Executive in 2015.

Strategy on the Health and Wellbeing of Men in the WHO European Region (PDF, 106KB):  In September 2018, the WHO Europe Regional Committee approved a new men's health strategy which aims to inform action by Member States to improve men’s health and wellbeing while promoting gender equality.

Western Australian Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy (PDF, 2.1MB): Launched in 2019.

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A Report on the Excess Burden of Cancer among Men in the Republic of Ireland (PDF, 3.02MB): Research commissioned and funded by the Irish Cancer Society, and launched in June 2013.

Best Practice Approaches to Tailoring Lifestyle Interventions for Obese Men in the Primary
Care Setting
(PDF, 237KB):  The key findings from an MA thesis conducted at the Centre for Men’s Health in the Institute of Technology Carlow.

‚ÄėConnecting with Young Men‚Äô: Engage Unit 6 - National Men‚Äôs Health Training Programme - an evaluation of the workshops for practitioners (focusing upon engaging young men in mental health issues) delivered across the Republic of Ireland in 2015 and 2016.

Delivering Men's Health (PDF, 1.95MB): is a practical guide, aimed at policymakers and service providers who want to take action but who are not very knowledgeable about gender and health generally, or men’s health specifically.

Engaging Young Men Project: A Report on the Mapping Exercise Conducted in Ireland During 2014 - MHFI research which highlights that young men do care about their mental health and that - by changing even little things - service providers can make a huge difference to the quality of their engagement with young men (PDF, 6.41MB).

Farmers Have Hearts Project - an evaluation of a healthy heart initiative with farmers in the West of Ireland (PDF, 197KB).

Men and Cancer - Saving Lives (PDF, 1.44MB): Proceedings of the Expert Roundtable held at the King’s Fund in London on January 29th 2013.

Men's Health and Primary Care - Improving Access and Outcomes in Northern Ireland (PDF, 506KB): Report on the findings from an event held in November 2014.

Men's Health Around the World (PDF, 2.6MB):  A European Men's Health Forum publication reviewing policy and progress across 11 countries.

The Health and Wellbeing of Men in the WHO European Region: better health through a gender approach (PDF, 17.7MB):  Evidence used to inform the new men's health strategy adopted by the WHO European region in 2018.

Towards Gender Equality (PDF, 2.6MB):  Report on exploratory evidence of the attitudes towards and needs of male victims of domestic violence and abuse in Northern Ireland.

Working to Improve the Health of Men (PDF, 1MB):  A report, published in 2012, detailing 10 years of activity in the nurse-led Camelon Men’s Health Centre in Scotland.

Young Men and Suicide Project:  A report launched in January 2013 on an all-island initiative by the Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) to identify a range of possible means to promote positive mental health among young men.

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