|Project Title||‘Empathy, Caring and Connection among Early Adolescents: An Empirical Analysis by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre'|
|Research Team||Professor Pat Dolan, Dr Bernadine Brady, Dr Brian McGrath, Dr Charlotte Silke, Ms Kate Murray.|
|Project Summary||The UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre has recently been awarded €100,000 in funding by the Irish Research Council for a study entitled Empathy, Caring and Connection among Early Adolescents: An Empirical Analysis. The funding bid was led by Dr Bernadine Brady, Prof, Pat Dolan and Dr Brian McGrath and was awarded following a response to an open call from the Irish Research Council for ‘Research to Address Issues of National Societal Importance’. This study aims to generate empirical evidence regarding the values and experiences of Irish youth towards a range of issues which reflect a sense of social and political responsibility towards others, including an analysis of factors (including parental attitudes, school culture and community engagement) that influence the development of social values and empathy.This evidence will inform the development of policy interventions in the area of education and child and youth development. A post-doctoral researcher will be employed from April 2017 for 18 months to undertake mixed methods research with 13-15 year olds in a nationally representative sample of schools.|
|Project Title||Longitudinal study on children in care or children leaving care within the Irish context.|
|Research Team||Dr Carmel Devaney, Dr Cliona Rooney|
The UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre has also recently been awarded €50,000 in funding to carry out a research study to consider the feasibility of conducting a longitudinal study on children in care or children leaving care within the Irish context. The funding bid was led by Dr Carmel Devaney and was awarded following a response to an open call from the Irish Research Council. As part of the IRC Research for Policy and Society the study is implementing the DCYA’s Ryan Report Recommendation regarding a longitudinal study.
This project is funded by the 'Irish Research Council, Tulsa, the Child and Family Agency and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. The research will focus on the methodology, technical considerations and value for money elements of conducting such a study. Learning from similar studies with this cohort and with the general population in other jurisdictions will be included. The policy and practice context in which such studies are located will also be considered. A post-doctoral researcher will be employed from April 2017 for 12 months to undertake this research.
|Project Title||Engaging Urban Youth: Community, Citizenship, and Democracy|
|Research Team||Prof Caroline McGregor (PI), Prof Pat Dolan (Mentor), Prof Rob Chaskin, University of Chicago (Researcher), Dr Bernadine Brady, (Collaborator)|
It is expected this research will have a direct impact on the participating stakeholders by providing tangible and accessible research findings that improves understanding and provides some policy and practice guidance. It will also impact significantly in the field of urban youth studies by offering a comparative framework applicable to other urban contexts in Europe and globally.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie –Sklodowska Curie Grant Agreement No 661541
|Project Title||Evaluation of The Development and Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support|
|Commencement Date||July 2014|
|Research Team||Dr Bernadine Brady / Dr John Canavan / Dr Anne Cassidy / Dr Rosemary Crosse/ Dr Carmel Devaney / Prof. Pat Dolan / Ms. Eileen Flannery / Dr Cormac Forkan / Dr Danielle Kennan / Dr Patrick Malone / Prof. Caroline McGregor/ Ms. Emily O'Donnell / Ms. Iwona O’Donoghue / Dr Leonor Rodriguez / Dr Aileen Shaw / Ms. Edel Tierney.|
|Project Summary||The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway provides research, evaluation and technical support to the Tusla Development and Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS). This is a new programme of action being undertaken by Tulsa, the Child and Family Agency, as part of its National Service Delivery Framework. The programme seeks to transform child and family services in Ireland by embedding prevention and early intervention into the culture and operation of Tusla. Our research and evaluation study focuses on the implementation and outcomes of Tusla’s work. Its overarching research question is “whether the organisational culture and practice at Tusla and its services are integrated, preventative, evidence-informed and inclusive of children and parents and if so, is this contributing to improved outcomes for children and their families”.
Please visit our Development and Mainstreaming Section here
|Publications:||Please click here to see the full list of outputs|