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

Funding and reconfiguration
  • €23.7m innovation funding awarded through the Genio Trust. The majority of this was Irish government funding allocated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for innovation.
  • €31.3m in additional resources reconfigured within the projects as a result of the funding to support innovation and sustainability.
226 projects supported
  • 110 projects in disability

  • 103 projects in mental health

  • 13 projects in dementia

8,079 people provided with individualised supports through the projects
  • 3,275 people with disabilities

  • 1,505 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.

  • 11,000 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.

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 May 2016
Disability

Findings summary: Evaluation of individualised opportunities for young people with disabilities

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

Findings summary: Evaluation of personalised supports in disability and mental health services

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

Specialists in transforming social services

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

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Genio
19-21 Westland Square
Pearse St., Dublin 2, D02 YH27, Ireland
Phone +353 1 707 1700
Email [email protected]