In Genio we place a high priority on being accountable and on providing independently measured impact. Since 2008 we have spent over €2m on research and evaluation much of which has been undertaken by researchers at universities and research institutes. In addition, we have developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system to extract and collate the learning from all projects funded through Genio. This is in order to explore how change can be best achieved and to share what we have learned.

Findings across the disability, mental health and dementia programmes to date indicate that personalised supports achieve better outcomes for people than standardised, one-size-fits-all services and can be an option for everyone regardless of factors such as age or ability. Across our three programmes of work to date, the move to personalised, community-based social services have also proven to be more cost-effective and sustainable. As we continue to work with government and philanthropy to transform social services, our impact findings will underpin our understanding of how these changes can be best achieved and scaled.

Impact to date

Reform Funding 
  • €68m invested in reform
260 projects supported
  • 129 projects in disability

  • 113 projects in mental health

  • 13 projects in dementia

8,476 people provided with individualised supports through the projects
  • 3,283 people with disabilities

  • 1,547 people with mental health difficulties

  • 3,299 people with dementia and family carers

Training and information
  • 8,194 individuals, families and staff have received information and training through the projects we support.

  • 13,000 people reached through events, conferences and public forums.

Research & Evidence

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


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

Personalised Supports and Care for People with Dementia

Kevin Cullen, Work Research Centre, Dublin; and Fiona Keogh, Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia, National University of Ireland, Galway (formerly Genio). 2018

Economic Analysis of a Community-based Model for Dementia Care

Prof Eamon O’Shea and Christine Monaghan, National Centre for Social Research on Dementia, NUI Galway 2016

Specialists in transforming social services

We work with Government and Philanthropy
to support people in leading self-determined lives

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