An essential part of our approach, alongside Innovation Funding and Learning and Skills, is producing evidence of what works through the Genio Research Programme. Monitoring, research, evaluation, and promotion of examples of national and international cutting-edge practice are critical to transforming services and demonstrating impact.

The Genio Research and Evaluation Strategy describes our research and evaluation programme and outlines our priority areas which are; research and evaluation; dissemination; impact measurement; and governance, partnership and leadership. The research programme consists of the following:

Commissioned research

We commission independent research, overseen by topic specific Research Expert Panels, in areas such as moving to independent living, action research and community-based dementia supports. This programme is dynamic and responsive to opportunities which arise within our work. Findings from this research are disseminated to service commissioners, policy makers, used to inform advocacy, and to refine our grant making.

We also commissioned a series of briefing papers to provide accessible overviews of key areas relating to the development of disability, mental health and dementia services.​

Monitoring and evaluation undertaken by the Genio team

We undertake in-house monitoring of projects which receive support from Genio. Ongoing monitoring takes place throughout the life of projects collecting quantitative and qualitative information on the progress of the project overall (organisationally) and of the individual beneficiaries.

We extract and collate the learning from projects and make it available in an accessible way with short, easy-to-read, practical learning papers focused on producing good outcomes for the person and the organisation.

Health and social services research and evaluation

The Genio team also undertake health and social services research and evaluation.  There are currently two major in-house research projects underway;

  • An evaluation of Intensive Home Care Packages (IHCPs) for People with Dementia Genio has been commissioned by the HSE to carry out a research study on the implementation and impact of IHCPs for people living with dementia.

  • Service Reform Fund Action Research Study The study is designed to inform the implementation of the Service Reform Fund’s work and to surface learnings, opportunities and challenges on an on-going basis.

Measuring Impact

Monitoring, research, evaluation, and promotion of examples of
national and international cutting-edge practice are critical
to transforming services and demonstrating impact.

Dementia

Dementia Support Worker Initiative: 5 Steps to Living Well with Dementia in South Tipperary Project

Prof Suzanne Cahill, Dr Maria Pierce and Dr Andrea Bobersky, Trinity College Dublin
Dementia

Flexible Respite Options of the Living Well with Dementia Project in Stillorgan and Blackrock

Prof Suzanne Cahill, Dr Maria Pierce and Dr Andrea Bobersky, Trinity College Dublin
Disability

How personal budgets are working in Ireland - A Research Brief

Prepared by Pádraic Fleming, Mental Health and Social Research Unit, Maynooth University Department of Psychology

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