Please click on the links below to access our reports (2005-Present)

 

2017
 
 

Parenting Support and Parental Participation:  Mapping Parenting Support in the Irish Context

 Connolly, N., Devaney C., Crosse, R (2016) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway 

Full Report

2016

Commissioning in Ireland: Exploring the Landscape for Child and Family Services

Shaw. A, Canavan, J., (2016)  The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

Commissioning in Ireland: Exploring the Landscape for Child and Family Services

 

Meitheal and Child and Family Support Networks: Early Implementation of Meitheal and the Child and Family Support Networks: Lessons from the field

Cassidy, A., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016)  The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

Full Report

 

Exploring the Effectiveness of Structures and Procedures Intended to Support Children’s Participation in Child Welfare, Child Protection and Alternative Care Services

Kennan, D., Brady. B., and Forkan, C. (2016) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

Literature Review

 

Public Awareness of Parenting, Prevention and Family Support Services: Population Survey Baseline Report 2016

McGregor, C., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

Full Report

 

Parenting Support and Parental Participation:  Working with Families: A Review of the Literature on Parental Participation

 Connolly, N., Devaney C., (2016) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway 

Literature Review

 

Lone Parents and Activation, What Works and Why: A Review of the International Evidence in the Irish Context


Millar, M. and Crosse, R. (2016) . The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre , NUI Galway.

Full Report

 

Scoping Review of International and Irish Literature on Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Care 

Moran, L., Devaney, C., McGregor, C. and Reddy, J. 2016

Practitioners Scoping Review
Practitioners Guide to Literature Review final

                           

‘Hoping for a Better Tomorrow’: A Process Study Evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow Crèche and Ballyhaunis Community Preschool Services, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Galway

Moran, L., Garrity. S., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. 2016
Ballyhaunis Full Report
Summary Report-Ballyhaunis

 

Tusla Child and Family Agency: Research Needs Analysis

By Dr Rosemary Crosse and Dr John Canavan, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway 2016

2015 
 
 

An Operational Profile of the percieved benefits of the Youth Cafe Model in Ireland

Forkan, C., Brady, B., Moran L. and Coen, L. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 2015.

Youth Cafe Model-2015

 

Suite of Policy and Guidance Documents for the Child and Family Agency – Tusla

Dublin: Child and Family Agency - Tusla. Child and Family Agency (CFA) Family Support Programme of work has been supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

CHILD AND FAMILY 50 KEY MESSAGES TO ACCOMPANY INVESTING IN FAMILIES: SUPPORTING
CHILD AND FAMILY INVESTING IN FAMILIES: SUPPORTING PARENTS TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES F
CHILD AND FAMILY MEITHEAL – GRÚPA DAOINE AG OBAIR LE CHÉILE
MEITHEAL A TUSLA LED NATIONAL PRACTICE MODEL MEITHEAL TOOLKIT
CHILD AND FAMILY WHAT WORKS IN FAMILY SUPPORT?
CHILD AND FAMILY CHILD COMMISSIONING STRATEGY

2014   
 
 

Leading Community Change: Delivering Better Outcomes in an Irish Community. Childhood Development Initiative Final Process Evaluation Report

Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative

CDI Final Process Evaluation
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

 

Parenting Support for Every Parent: A Population-Level Evaluation of Triple P in Longford/Westmeath 2010-2013

Fives, A., Pursell, L., Heary, C., Nic Gabhainn, S. and Canavan, J. Athlone: Longford Westmeath Parenting Partnership (LWPP)  

A Population level evaluation of the Triple P in Longford/Westmeath
Triple P Summary Report

 

Evaluation Study Design – A Pluralist Approach to Evidence

Fives, A., Canavan, J. and Dolan, P. A UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre Working Paper. Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway

Evaluation Study Design - A pluralist approach to evidence         

               

Review of the Children First Basic Level Training and Keeping Safe Training Programmes 


Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. Dublin: TUSLA Child and Family Agency

National review of children first and keeping safe training

 

2013   
 
 

The BELONG Programme: Final Evaluation Report

Dolan, P., Canavan, J., McGarry, O., Forkan, C., Coen, L., Fives, A., Robins, L. and O’Sullivan, P.Dungannon, Northern Ireland: South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP)

The BELONG Programme. Final Evaluation Report

 

Evaluation of the Implementation of the Induction of Social Workers A Policy and Guidelines for Children & Families Social Services

Devaney, C. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, HSE Children and Family Services Workforce Development 

Induction of Social Workers Evaluation 2013

 

Maternal Mental Health and Poverty: The Impact on Children’s Educational Outcomes

Hansson, U., O’Shaughnessy, R. & Monteith, M. Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

CYP 6 Full Report
CYP 6 At a glance
CYP 6 Briefing Paper

   

ISSP (Irish Social Sciences Platform) Research Briefs

Child and Youth Mentoring: New Models with New Opportunities
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland Qualitative Evaluation
Youth Civic Engagement in Non-Formal Education
Cultural Competency A Practice Tool to Potentially Enhance Youth Participation
Holding a Vision An Investigation of a Rights-Based Social Supports Infrastructu
International Comparative Research on the Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

 

Evaluation of the Community Safety Initiative of the Childhood Development Iniative

Kearns, N., Reddy, J. & Canavan, J. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI)

Evaluation of the Community Safety Initiative of the CDI

 

Leadership: Foróige's Leadership for Life Programme

Undertaken by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway on behalf of Foróige’s Best Practice Unit

Leadership Evaluation Report
Leadership Evaluation Briefing Paper

 

Evaluation of the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative

Fives, A., Keenaghan, C., Canavan, J., Moran, L. and Coen, L. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI)

Restoritive Practices Evaluation Report
Restoritive Practices Policy Brief

 

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme

Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., O’Brien, A., Russell, D.W. Dublin: Barnardos

WOW Final Report
WOW Exec Summary
Measure of Enjoyment of Reading and Perceived Competence

 

Citizenship: The Permanant TSB Youth Citizenship Programme

Undertaken by the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway on behalf of Foróige’s Best Practice Unit

Citizenship Evaluation Report

 

Advocacy and Agenda Setting. A report on NGO attempts to influence policy making on the reception of asylum seeking children and families in Ireland

Kinlen, L.Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.

Advocacy and Agenda setting: Full Report

                

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway on behalf of Foróige’s Best Practice Unit

 
Evaluation Study. Report 4: School Based Mentoring Programme Evaluation

School Based Mentoring Programme Evaluation

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 3: Summary Report

Report 3 Summary Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 2: Qualitative Evidence

Report 2 Qualitative Evidence

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 1: Randomised Controlled Trial and Implementation Report

Report 1 Randomised Controlled Trial and Implementation Report

2012    
 
 

Youth Civic Engagement: Debates, discourses and lessons from practice

Brady, B; Dolan, P; Kearns, N; Kennan, D; McGrath, B; Shaw, A; Brennan, M. (Expert Advisor, Pennsylvania State University) (2012)

Youth Civic Engagement: Debates, discourses and lessons from practice

 

Mol an Óige / Family Preservation Final Evaluation Report

Coen, L., Canavan, J. & Brennan, M. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway; HSE West (Mayo and Roscommon) Child and Family Services

Mol an Oige Final Evaluation Report
Mol an Oige Final Executive Summary

 

Parenting in Direct Provision: Parents' Perspectives Regarding Stresses and Supports

Helen Uchechukwu Ogbu M.A. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

Parenting Direct Provision Full Report

 

Capacity Building for Inclusion: The Role and Contribution of Special Needs Assistants and Classroom Assistants in Ireland and Northern Ireland

O’Connor, U. and Hansson. U. with Keating, S. Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Capacity Building for Inclusion Full Report
Capacity Building for Inclusion At a Glance

 

Reviewing the Provision of Education for Young People in Detention: Rights, Research and Reflections on Policy and Practice

McCord. J. and Irwin, T. with Martynowicz, A. Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

CYP-Reviewing Education in Detention
CYP-Reviewing Education in Detention- Breifing Paper

 

Globe: All Ireland Programme for Immigrant Parents. Final Evaluation Report

Coen, L. and Canavan, J. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

Globe- Full Report
Globe Executive Summary

 

Children’s Rights and the Family – A Commentary on the Proposed Constitutional Referendum on Children’s Rights in Ireland 

Kennan, D. and Keenaghan, C. Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

CYP Commentary

 

Understanding Policy Development and Implementation for Children and Young People

O’Connor, U., Kinlen, L., Horgan, G., McCord, J., Keenaghan, C. 

Understanding Policy development- Full Report

2011 
 
 

A Rights–Based Approach to Monitoring Children and Young People’s Well–Being 


Kennan, D., Keenaghan, C., O’Connor, U., Kinlen, L. and McCord, John Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies

 

The BELONG Programme; An Early Implementation Evaluation Report


Forkan, C., Canavan, J. and O’Sullivan, P. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway. Dungannon: South Tyrone Empowerment Programme

 

North Dublin Differential Response Model Early Implementation Report

Landy, F., Forkan, C. and Canavan, J. Prepared by the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway for the Health Service Executive

 

 

‌Making a Difference- An Independent Evaluation of the Incredible Years Programme in Pre-Schools in Galway City

Dr. Michelle Millar

Incredible Years Programme Full Report

 

An Evaluation of the Identification of Need (ION) Process in Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal

Forkan, C. and Landy, F. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. Sligo: Sligo Social Services Council Ltd.

ION Full Report
ION Executive Summary

2010
 
 

A Formative Evaluation of the Jobstown Alternative Response Model (ARM)

Landy, F. and Canavan, J. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. Commissioned by Barnardos on behalf of South Dublin Children’s Services Committee

 

Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland


Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Devaney, C. and Dolan, P. The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office.

 

If I can make their life a little easier, then I'm happy: Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population


Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J., Brady, B. and Cairns, D. 

2009
 
 

An Evaluation of the Educational Action Research (EAR) Project, Athlone

Forkan, Cormac; O'Regan, Connie; O'Sullivan, Patsy

 

Barnardos Family Welfare Conference Project, South Tipperary: Evaluation Report

Bernadine, Brady. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre.

Barnardos Family Welfare Conference Project, South Tipperary Evaluation Report

 
2008   
 
 

The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services


Merriman, B., Robins, L., Canavan, J. and Dolan, P. Galway: report prepared by the Child and Family Research Centre for the ISPCC 2008.

The Development of Monitoring Tools for ISPCC Services

 

HSE Policy on Engaging Children in Planning, Design, Development, Delivery and Evaluation of Services


Keenaghan, C., HSE Policy developed by Celia Keenaghan, Janet Gaynor and Aisling Gillen for Healthy Childhood’s Sub-group of the HSE Expert Advisory Group for Children.

HSE Policy on Engaging Children in Planning, Design, Development, Delivery and E

 

A Study on the Quality of Life Tool KIDSCREEN for Children and Adolescents in Ireland: Results of the KIDSCREEN National Survey 2005


Keenaghan, C. and Kilroe, J., Health Service Executive and The KIDSCREEN Group Europe Dublin: Office of the Minister for Children and Young People/Department of Health and Children

A Study on the Quality of Life Tool KIDSCREEN for Children and Adolescents in Ir

 

A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board – Final Report


Kearns, N., Reddy, J. and Canavan, J. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre

A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative Final Report

 

Domestic Violence in Ireland: An Overview of National Strategic Policy and Relevant International Literature on Prevention and Intervention Initiatives in Service Provision

Kearns, N., Coen, L., and Canavan, J. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre (Internal report for the HSE)

Domestic Violence in Ireland An Overview of National Strategic Policy

 

A Formative Evaluation of the  Community-Based Family Support Programme

Brady, B., Merriman, B. and Canavan, J. Galway: HSE and Child and Family Research Centre

A Formative Evaluation of the Community-Based Family Support Programme

 

An Evaluation of the Sligo Springboard Resource House Project

Forkan, C.Galway: Child and Family Research Centre

Sligo Springboard Resource House project 2008

 

A Literature Review and Framework for Integrated Planning for Improved Outcomes for Children and Families


Child and Family Research Centre. Project commissioned by Cooperation and Working Together


Framework for integrated planning for outcomes

                

Time4Us Evaluation Report


Coen, L. and Kearns, N. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre and Time4Us Ltd.

Time 4 Us Full Report
Time 4 Us Executive Summary

2007
 
 

Towards Best Practice in the Provision of Respite Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

Merriman, B. and Canavan, J. Galway: National Parents and Siblings Alliance / Daisychain Foundation

Towards best practice/provision of respite services

 

Towards a Better Future: Research on Labour Market Needs and Social Exclusion of One Parent Families in Galway City and County

Child and Family Research Centre 
Galway: The One Parent Family Research Steering Group

Towards a Better Future Full Report
Towards a Better Future Executive Summary
Towards a Better Future executive Summary Gaeilge

2006
 
 

 

 

 

 

Youth Advocate Programme Profiling Study, HSE Local Health Areas - Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire and Wicklow

Robins, L. HSE/Galway Child and Family Research & Policy Unit

Youth Advocate Programme Profiling Study

 

 Lír Youth and Family Project Evaluation Report

HSE/Child and Family Research and Policy Unit

Lír Youth and Family Project Evaluation Report

 

 

Foróige Neighbourhood Youth Projects. Enhancing Support for Young People

 Summary Research Report commissioned by Foróige and the Health Service Executive, Galway: Child and Family Research Centre

Foróige Neighbourhood Youth Projects. Enhancing Support for Young People

 

Foyle Trust New Beginnings Programme - Evaluation Report

 

Child and Family Research Centre Galway: Child and Family Research and Policy Unit

Foyle Trust New Beginnings Programme - Evaluation Report

       

Facilitating Family Decision-Making: A Study of the Family Welfare Conference Service in the HSE Western Area

Brady, B. Galway: Child and Family Research and Policy Unit

Facilitating Family Decision-Making Report

2005  

 
                    

Neighbourhood Youth Projects in the Health Services Executive Western Area Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon: Review Report 1992-2004, Strengthening Existing Practice, Building Future Capacity

Dolan, P. and Kane, S. HSE Western Area and Child and Family Research and Policy Unit 

Neighbourhood Youth Projects Report

 
              

Ballinasloe Family Support Service, Evaluation Report

Canavan, C. and O’Brien, M. Galway: Child and Family Research and Policy Unit

Ballinasloe Family Support Service, Evaluation Report

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland, Youth Mentoring Programme, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, Evaluation Report

Brady, B., Dolan, P., O’Brien, M. and Canavan, J. Galway: HSE and Child and Family Research and Policy Unit

BBBS Evaluation Youth Mentoring Programme,

 Unpublished Reports
  • Devaney, C. (2009) Cottage Home Child and Family Services. Service Development.
  • Devaney, C. (2008) Research Report on Domestic Violence and Family Conflict in County Mayo.
  • Devaney, C. Kearns, N. (2008) The Development of a Report on the Evaluability of Youngballymun, in collaboration with Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College: Dublin.
  • Dolan, P., Curtin, C., Forkan, C. and Merriman, B. (2007) LOFT LK: Learning Opportunities for Teens in Letterkenny: Description of Programme Model and Evaluation Processes.
  • Forkan, C. (2009) An Evaluation of the South Leitrim Neighbourhood Youth Project. Galway: Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway, in association with the HSE (North West).