Full report: An evaluation of projects supporting individualised opportunities for young people with disabilities

This study documented and evaluated the activities and outcomes of 15 projects funded by Genio in 2012. The projects intended to explore alternative ways of meeting the work, education, training and recreation needs of young people with disabilities through mainstream services, and be located in ‘real’ community settings. Commissioned by Genio, with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, this evaluation was undertaken by Richard Wynne and Donal McAnaney of the Work Research Centre and published in 2014. 

Evaluation of individualised opportunities for young people with disabilities

Context

The policy context in which Day Care Services for people with disabilities operate has changed substantially in recent years. The ‘New Directions’ reporti recommends a move away from group-based day care service provision within sheltered workshops towards a more community and employment focused approach. In addition, the New Directions report strongly recommends a move towards individualised planning and delivery of services. These are both key themes of the 15 projects funded under Genio’s 2012 Grant Stream 3 – ‘Supporting School Leavers’. The Value for Money Reportii (VFM), which points to the need to assess the costs of new approaches to service provision, is another key element of the policy context. These changes in the policy context allow for a radically different approach to be taken to service provision. In their different ways, the 15 projects under review have embraced this challenge and though they have disparate aims, diverse participants and operate on different scales, they provide fascinating insights into how services for school leavers with disabilities may look in the future.

Aims of the evaluation

This study documented and evaluated the activities and outcomes of 15 projects funded by Genio in 2012, including interviews with 39 individuals from these projects and a further 19 individuals from comparison projects. The projects intended to explore alternative ways of meeting the work, education, training and recreation needs of young people with disabilities through mainstream services, and be located in ‘real’ community settings.

Full report: An evaluation of personalised supports to individuals with disabilities and mental health difficulties

This report gives an overview of the findings from an evaluation of 23 projects that Genio grant-aided in 2010 and 2011 to facilitate personalised housing and support arrangements for persons with intellectual disabilities, mental health difficulties and physical disabilities. Commissioned by Genio, with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, this evaluation was undertaken by Prof. Roy McConkey and his team at the Ulster University and published in 2013. 

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