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Assessing the Effectiveness of a Prevention-Focused Programme: A Comparative Study against National Norms

Alcala, Alexandra, White, Fay, Curry, Miranda, Darmody, Kate, Kent, Gráinne, Lambert, Jonathan, Mulligan, Brona and Byrne, Marion (2023) Assessing the Effectiveness of a Prevention-Focused Programme: A Comparative Study against National Norms. In: Growing Up In Ireland Conference. Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth/Central Statistics Office, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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The 0-2 Years Programme from the Early Learning Initiative aims to improve wellbeing, developmental and learning outcomes for children, aged 0-2 years through a tailored, prevention-focused home visiting programme. The programme’s catchment area is around Dublin’s Inner City, where there is historically high socioeconomic disadvantage. The aim of the study is to assess developmental criteria associated with the children and their parents on this programme and see how they compare with Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data. Furthermore, a pre- and post-programme evaluation will aim to establish whether there is a disadvantage gap, and if the programme successfully brings the cohort closer to national norms. A questionnaire was developed to allow for benchmarking and comparison purposes, it was modelled on that of the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) national longitudinal study of children and youth in Ireland 9-month-old cohort questionnaire (Thornton et al., 2013). The questionnaire was distributed to parents at baseline and post-intervention. The questionnaire covered topics including demographic characteristics, supports, infant health and development, baby’s sleep habits, playing and learning. Eighty-seven parents completed baseline questionnaires and 40 parents also completed the post-intervention questionnaire. Baseline data will be compared with GUI study data, to identify differences (if any) between this cohort and national norms established in the GUI study. Baseline and post- programme data from the 0-2 cohort will also be compared, to understand the success of the programme and whether it has helped to close a disadvantage gap. Areas for future research will be discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Child Protection
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 10:59
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 15:27

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