Research commissioned by Genio

Below is a list of independent evaluations and reports commissioned by Genio to date. Links are provided to the reports where completed.

Title

Organisation

Purpose

Links to reports

An evaluation of personalised supports to individuals with disabilities and mental ill healthProf. Roy McConkey and colleagues, University of Ulster (UU)To assess the outcomes for beneficiaries of Genio-grant-aided projects and how these change following a move to independent living.

Completed

An evaluation of family support programmes for people with a disability in Ireland Prof. Agnes Higgins and colleagues, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)To evaluate four Genio grant-aided initiatives which aimed to build capacity within families to promote and support the inclusion of their family member with a disability. 

Completed

An evaluation of grants to support young people with disabilities in work, education, training and recreationDr. Richard Wynne and colleagues, Work Research Centre (WRC)To evaluate 15 grants in the ‘school leavers’ grant stream to determine; the impact on beneficiaries of an individualised service with a focus on supporting mainstream employment, education, training and recreation opportunities; to indicate the direct costs of this model; and to describe how services implemented this model to support the further reconfiguration of services in line with New Directions.

Completed

An economic analysis of the Genio Dementia ProgrammeProf. Eamon O’Shea and colleagues, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)To conduct an economic evaluation of the Genio Dementia Programme; a complex multi-site and multi-intervention initiative. Outputs will include a resource utilisation framework for modelling community-based interventions in dementia care and a unit cost framework for calculating the cost implications of the various interventions.

In Progress

  • Interim reports Dec 2014 and final report Dec 2015
An evaluation of the respite element of the Genio Dementia ProgrammeProf. Suzanne Cahill and Dr. Maria Pierce, TCDThis two-part evaluation will produce: (i) detailed estimates of current and future numbers of people with dementia in each of the four project site areas and (ii) will evaluate the effectiveness of respite initiatives developed across the four sites, identifying the obstacles and facilitators to the use of respite care for people with dementia and their families. 

In Progress

  • Report on prevalence estimates Autumn 2014
  • First report on respite evaluation Autumn 2014
An evaluation of the assistive technology dimension of the programme of community support for people with dementia 

Dr. Kevin Cullen and colleagues, WRC

To describe the process of implementing assistive technology supports for people with dementia across four sites in order to inform future service developments and to determine the impact of assistive technology for a sample of people with dementia and their families.

In Progress

  • Report due December 2014 
An evaluation of a series of films promoting positive cognitive health behavioursDr. Sabina Brennan and colleagues, Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Living (NEIL) Centre, TCDTo evaluate the impact of a series of online, evidence-based films promoting positive cognitive health behaviours. 

In Progress

A systematic literature review of respite provision across sectorsDr. Suzanne Guerin and Dr. Philip Dodd, University College Dublin (UCD) and Dr. Fiona Keogh, GenioTo conduct a systematic literature review of published national and international literature on respite care and based on the findings of this review to conduct a survey of current respite practice in Ireland. This work will be used as the basis of a major funding proposal to the Health Research Board (HRB).

In Progress

  • Interim report Autumn 2014
  • Final report November 2014
A fourth data uplift for University of Ulster study

Prof. Roy McConkey and colleagues, UU

Funding has just been received to conduct a further data uplift in the study evaluating personalised supports to people with disabilities and mental health difficulties. This will enable the longer-term impact of a move to independent living to be established as well as the impact on those individuals who had only just moved at the end of the initial study.

In Progress

  • Interim report Autumn 2014
  • Final report end 2014

An evaluation of alternative respite models

Dr. Suzanne Guerin and Dr. Philip Dodd, UCDTo conduct an evaluation of up to five projects providing alternative respite provision and to compare the costs and outcomes in the new models to individuals/family members using traditional respite.

In Progress

  • Interim report Autumn 2014
An evaluation of the implementation of personalised budgets for young people with disabilities: exploratory study

Padraic Fleming, PhD student (Dr. Sinead McGilloway, NUIM and Dr. Fiona Keogh, Genio, Supervisors)

A PhD student has been funded in the SPHERE programme over four years. He will evaluate the implementation of personalised budgets in four projects. The focus is on implementation issues to inform the roll out of new resource allocation tools.

In Progress

  • An evaluation of the implementation of personalised budgets for young people with disabilities: exploratory study
  • Progress reports end of each year