Projects completed in 2014

Project Title

 Process Evaluation of Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative

Completed Date December 2014
Research Team

Prof. Chris Curtin, Dr. John Canavan, Dr. Liam Coen and Dr. Jessica Ozan
Expert Advisor: Professor Rob Chaskin 

Project Summary

The Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative was launched in 2005 with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the Tallaght West area. The process evaluation examined

  • How the Initiative was established, including the development of its strategy;
  • How the Initiative involved members of the community in its services’ design and implementation, as well as the Initiative more generally;
  • What work the Initiative undertook to promote interagency collaboration and service integration in the locality;
  • How the Initiative worked to promote and support managers and practitioners;
  • The extent to which CDI’s learning impacted on government thinking, policy making and curriculum development, and that those services which have been demonstrated to be successful have been sustained.
Thematic Report 1: Origins and Development
Thematic Report 2 Interagency Working and Service Integration
Thematic Report 3 Experience Impacting Training and Support of Managers and Prac
Thematic Report 4 Examining the Processes and Relationships to Support Implement
Thematic Report 5 CDI and the Community
Thematic Report 6 Mainstreaming, Dissemination and Sustainability
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Project TitleReview of the Children First Basic Level Training and Keeping Safe Training Programmes
Completed date April 2014
Research Team

Professor Caroline McGregor and Dr Carmel Devaney 

Project Summary

This evaluation conducted by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, was commissioned by TUSLA - Child and Family Agency (formerly the HSE Children and Families Services) to review the Children First Basic Level Training and the Keeping Safe Training Programmes. These two programmes have been the key standardised child protection and welfare training programmes provided by the HSE to support the implementation of Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011). The overall purpose of the Review was to provide some baseline information to inform the requirements of the statutory and community service providers in relation to child protection and welfare training and to establish if the current training is meeting those requirements.

Outputs  National review of children first and keeping safe training
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Project TitleEvaluation of Wave Change a Social Change and Innovation Programme
Completed date October 2014
Research Team Dr Noreen Kearns, Ms Danielle Kennan and Dr John Canavan
Expert Advisor: Professor Mark A. Brennan
Project Summary Wave Change was an Initiative (it became the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in 2014), which worked directly with young people who had a passion for social change to develop the knowledge, skills and networks they needed to make a difference in Ireland. The initiative was aimed at young people aged 16-25. The evaluation examined the implementation and delivery of the initiative, to generate learning to contribute to the ongoing development of the programme and to examine whether the initiative met its identified outcomes. The study therefore encompasses a process, formative and outcomes focus.

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Project Title Evaluation of the Triple P Parenting Programme Implementation in Longford / Westmeath
Completed Date April 2014
Research Team Dr Allyn Fives, Dr Lisa Pursell, Dr Caroline Heary, Dr Saoirse Nic Gabhainn  and Dr John Canavan
Project Summary The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) is a multi-level, public health approach to parenting. It was implemented in Longford and Westmeath by the Longford Westmeath Parenting Partnership (LWPP). The Triple P Programme was targeted at parents of children aged 3-7 through four modes of delivery: a universal media strategy, seminars, workshops and groups. The evaluation of Triple P was composed of four strands:
  • A population level analysis of the impact of Triple P in Longford/Westmeath compared to two control counties;
  •  An analysis of gains made by participating parents in Level 3 and Level 4;
  •  An analysis of the partnership itself;
  •  An analysis of the implementation of Triple P.

Triple P Full report

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