Over the coming months, the Children’s Research Network will make available a number of grants to support further research with data from evaluation studies conducted under the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative in Ireland.
The Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative involved a significant investment from The Atlantic Philanthropies and government in programmes and services for children and young people across Ireland and Northern Ireland from 2004 to 2016. Organisations funded by the Initiative were required to have their programmes independently evaluated, resulting in a substantial body of research data on prevention and early intervention services and programmes across the island.
Preserving and archiving data
Research data from the evaluations has the potential to inform the planning, commissioning and delivery of services for children and young people, and over the past two years the Children’s Research Network has been leading on a significant archiving project to preserve and make research data from the Initiative publicly available. This project is known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Research Initiative. In June 2017 the first wave of research data from the Initiative was archived at the Irish Social Science Data Archive in University College Dublin. Anonymised data from the Preparing for Life Impact Evaluation (Northside Partnership), the Early Years Programme Impact Evaluation (CDI Tallaght) and the Children’s Profile at School Entry (Northside Partnership) is now available through the Irish Social Science Data Archive.
The PEI Research Grants are small competitive grants for individuals or teams to work with the research data from the evaluations over a six-month period, and to produce something new from this data, such as a report, an article or an event. Applications are invited from researchers at any stage in their research career. To coincide with the first grant call, the Children’s Research Network co-hosted a workshop with the Irish Social Science Data Archive on the theme of “Finding and Re-Using Research Data”. The large turnout indicated a growing interest in open data and data archiving.
A second grant call will be announced in July, and further calls will be made throughout the year as more data is made available through the archives.