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

Findings to date from the mental health programme show that personalised, community-based services can be accessed by everyone regardless of age, type or level of mental health difficulties – if the correct supports are provided for each person. The best outcomes are achieved when appropriate personalised training and supports are provided to people with mental health difficulties, their families, carers and staff; and when people are supported to remain a part of their local community. The research also finds 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.

Impact to date - mental health

Funding and reconfiguration
  • €8m innovation funding awarded through the Genio Trust. This was Irish government funding allocated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for innovation.

  • €11.9m in additional resources reconfigured within the projects as a result of the funding to support innovation and sustainability.

103 projects supported
  • 25 projects focused on moving from/avoiding mental health institutions.
  • 5 projects focused on alternative respite. Alternative respite supports people with mental health difficulties 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.
  • 17 supported people with mental health recovery. Recovery is about living as full and valued a life as possible while experiencing mental health difficulties. By putting recovery as the guiding principle of services, each person is supported on their journey towards an independent, self-directed life, centred on strengths, solutions, health and wellness.
  • 10 supported work opportunities.
  • 46 projects focused on training and capacity building.
7,534 beneficiaries supported through the projects
  • 1,505 received individualised services.
  • 6,029 received training/capacity building and information.
Projects have supported
  • 339 people to move from various settings to supported self-directed living.
  • 186 people with alternative community-based respite options.
  • 328 people to seek training and employment.
  • 1,956 people in mental health recovery.
12 mental health community hostels closed to date
  • 6 High support units.

  • 1 Medium support unit.

  • 5 Low support units.

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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