Current Projects at The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre
|Project Title||Research Needs Analysis|
|Commencement Date||February 2016|
|Research Team||Dr. John Canavan and Dr Rosemary Crosse|
|Project Summary||The purpose of the Research Needs Analysis is to assist Tusla in identifying and prioritizing the research and development needs of the Agency’s functions for the period 2015 – 2017.
The Research Needs Analysis aims to:
Meet the Agency’s statutory requirement to undertake and commission research relating to its functions;
To map out and prioritise research requirements to enable strategic coordination across the Agency in support of Tusla’s corporate objectives;
To better understand and prioritise the research requirements of the Agency’s services and functions;
To support internal and external commissioning;
To ensure value for money in the undertaking and commissioning of research;
To support the ongoing development of evidence informed service delivery.
In order to meet the aims and objectives of the research a combination of desk research and primary data collection involving consultation with stakeholders is being utilised.
|Project Title||‘Engaging Urban Youth: Community, Citizenship and Democracy’|
|Commencement Date||April 2016|
|Research Team||Prof. Caroline McGregor, Prof. Robert J. Chaskin, Dr Bernadine Brady and Ms Kayleigh Murphy|
|Project Summary||This project examines the ways in which disadvantaged young people in urban environments are both aided in or inhibited from participating in the development of their local communities as well as the ways in which positive development can be gained from their participation in political and democratic processes. It looks at how these young people engage with the political and organisational aspects of their community as well as with wider society as a whole. The project looks at the need for the implementation of interventions which take into account the social differences encountered by disadvantaged urban youths and how these interventions can aid the positive development of these young people as well as benefit the wider society through youth participation. The project will be based on a comparative case study which will be carried out in the cities of Dublin, Belfast and London regarding youth and civic engagement|
|Project Title||The Mainstreaming and Development Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support|
|Commencement Date||July 2014|
|Research Team||Dr John Canavan, Prof. Caroline McGregor, Dr Bernadine Brady, Dr Carmel Devaney, Dr Cormac Forkan, Dr Aileen Shaw, Dr Anne Cassidy, Dr Nuala Connolly, Dr Lenor Rodriqez, Danielle Kennan, Brendan Connolly, Melissa Bonotto and Carmen Kealy|
|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
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|Project Title||Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Care|
|Research Team||Prof. Caroline McGregor,Dr Carmel Devaney and Dr Lisa Moran|
|Project Summary||This study focuses upon outcomes for permanence and stability for children in long term care, general foster care, residential care and relative care of TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency in Ireland. Drawing upon a mixed method approach, the project aims to elicit and test a range of indicators of outcomes for children in Irish long term care services, providing a rich picture of factors affecting the likelihood of children to achieve permanency and stability in their living arrangements when exiting care.One of the principal aims of this study is to provide guidance for social work practitioners in Ireland on how best to identify and measure tangible outcomes with regard to stability and permanence for young people in care. This research is important therefore, for decision-making about achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people in Irish care services and it is also significant for conference and court reporting about outcomes for children in care.