Data from the evaluation of the implementation of the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) in Tallaght West, Co. Dublin between 2008 and 2012 that was conducted by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The aim of the evaluation was to examine and critically assess the working processes and services of CDI in implementing its programme of work to improve outcomes for children and families. A core aim of the CDI strategy envisaged the Tallaght West community working together to improve the quality of existing service provision in the locality.
The evaluation adopted a mixed-methods approach in gathering data, with the primary method being qualitative – interviews, documentary analysis and observations. A small amount of additional data was gathered via a survey, comprising the quantitative element. The survey targeted those working for service agencies, and particularly those working in organisations which work with children and families. The survey theme was interagency working and service integration’ and was conducted to ascertain the extent of interagency working at the strategic level.