Genio’s research and evaluation programme examines the impact of service transformation on people with disabilities, families, service organisations and the wider service system to understand how change can be best achieved and to share what we have learned. We use independent, externally commissioned research and evaluations along with a comprehensive internal monitoring and evaluation system.

Research from the disability programme to date indicates that personalised, community-based services can be an option for everyone regardless of age, type or level of disability - if the correct supports are put in place for each person. The research also indicates that these types of supports provide better outcomes for people across many areas of their lives, while costing less than institutional or group-based services in most cases. The best outcomes are achieved when appropriate training and support are provided to people with disabilities, their families, carers and staff; and when people with disabilities are supported to develop community connections and partake in the local community.

Impact to date - disability

Funding and reconfiguration
  • €10.8m innovation funding awarded through the Genio Trust. This was Irish government funding allocated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for innovation.

  • €16.9m in additional resources reconfigured within the projects as a result of the funding to support innovation and sustainability.

110 projects supported
  • 38 projects focused on moving from/avoiding congregated or institutional settings 
  • 24 projects focused on alternative respite. Alternative respite supports people with disabilities and their families to access a variety of breaks within the community rather than within group or institutional settings. These can take place in the person's own home or with a host family. It provides people with opportunities to access new and positive experiences independently, promotes community inclusion and at the same time allows carers to have a break.
  • 23 focused on supporting school leavers and young people.
  • 25 focused on capacity building projects.
5,448 beneficiaries supported through the projects
  • 3,283 received or will receive individualised services

  • 2,165 received or will receive training/capacity building and information.

312 people have been supported to move to the community to date
  • 177 moved to the community from congregated settings.

  • 74 moved to the community from group homes.

  • 6 have avoided congregated settings and have moved to appropriate community living.
  • 41 moved from parental homes to the community.

  • Others who have received training and support for community living (supporting people from various settings): 14 moved to the community to date.

Projects have supported
  • 402 people with alternative respite options.
  • 91 host families to train in alternative respite provision.
  • 23 people to manage individualised budgets.
  • 324 school leavers and young adults with disabilities to train and seek employment.
  • 2,165 people including individuals, families, staff and community members in various capacity building initiatives.
7 disability units closed to date
  • 4 institutions (30 bed approx.).

  • 1 fifteen bed residential facility.

  • 2 support bungalows.

Research & Evidence


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 May 2016

Evaluation of individualised opportunities for young people with disabilities

Dr Richard Wynne & Dr Donal McAnaney, Work Research Centre 2014
Cross Programme

Evaluation of personalised support and accommodation in disability and mental health services

Prof Roy McConkey, Brendan Bunting, Finola Ferry, Edurne Garcia Iriarte and Rachel Stevens, Ulster University 2013

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