CDI’s community-based research and evaluations of early childhood interventions ensures the quality and effectiveness of our services. CDI’s prevention and intervention programme of work was kick started with a baseline study of the experiences of children in Tallaght West in 2004 called ‘How are our Kids?’
Following this a suite of prevention and early intervention programmes were developed to meet the identified needs of the community and achieve improvements in a range of outcomes. The programmes were manualised and independently evaluated during their delivery to help identify what works to improve outcomes.
On completion of the evaluations of these interventions, the following have been produced:
• 14 Evaluation Reports on their effectiveness have been published;
• 12 Policy Briefs which extract the key policy implications of the findings were published;
• An overall Process Evaluation Report called ‘Leading Community Change’ was published in March 2014 documenting CDI’s learning on how to develop and deliver prevention and early intervention programmes.
- In 2012 CDI published a community study called ‘How are our Families?’
- A number of round table discussions were held with key policy makers and influencers, to consider the implications of the evaluation findings.
CDI has also used the information and evidence it has gathered to make relevant policy submissions, including to the National Children’s Strategy in 2012; pre-budget submissions; presentations to Oireachtas Committees and submissions to various Government advisory groups.