Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) Programme


Research & Evaluation Study

The research team at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway provides research, evaluation and technical support to Tusla's Development and Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS). Tulsa - the Child and Family Agency began implementing this new and innovative programme of action in 2015, as part of its National Service Delivery Framework, with support from the Atlantic Philanthropies, Ireland. The Programme seeks to transform child and family services in Ireland by embedding prevention and early intervention into the culture and operations of Tusla.

Overarching Research Question

The Programme of research and evaluation is underpinned by the overarching research question:

Is the organisational culture and practice at Tusla and its partners changing such that services are more integrated, preventative, evidence informed and inclusive of children and parents? If so, is this contributing to improved outcomes for children and their families?  

Research Areas

The study examines five research areas and the overall impact of Tusla’s programme on the service orientation towards prevention and Family Support including:‌                                                 ‌                                             ‌

Each sub-study has its own specific research questions, methods and outputs. While discrete, the results from the sub-studies will feed into the ongoing overarching analysis of the progress of the Tusla’s overall Programme and its ultimate outcomes.

Programme Research Findings

Powerpoint presentation with an overview of research findings from each work package and responses from Tusla - Child and Family Agency in terms of implementing the reserach into their service delivery.

Presentation available here.‌

Programme Explanatory Video

Programme Explanatory Video

Watch our Explanatory Video of the PPFS Programme here



Programme Stakeholders

The Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme is implemented collaboratevily by Tusla and partner organisations. The Programme stakeholders include Tusla -  Child and Family Agency; National University of Ireland Galway;  the Atlantic Philanthropies, Ireland; Galway University Foundation and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).


 Expert Advisory Committee

The Programme is also supported by an Expert Advisory Committee comprised of Professor Marian BrandonDr Helen BuckleyDr Deborah DaroProfessor Robert LonneProfessor Nigel Parton, and Professor Laura Lundy.