Research & Evaluation

There is a strong emphasis on documenting, researching and evaluation activities and service design to inform best practice and policy. Let’s Grow Together! Infant and Childhood Partnership has a close working partnership with departments within UCC.

Research partners:

Emerging Research

Future Research

The KidScope Study: An analysis of a community-based paediatric development clinic set in a disadvantaged area of Ireland

Funded by Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnership and the Irish Research Council, The KidScope Study: An analysis of a community-based paediatric development clinic set in a disadvantaged area of Ireland, is a four-year PhD study conducted by Let’s Grow Together! Programme Officer, Lynn Buckley. Conducted through University College Cork (UCC), and the Royal College of Surgeon’s SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme, the study is being supervised by Dr Margaret Curtin, School of Nursing and Midwifery UCC, and Dr Louise Gibson, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health UCC and Consultant Paediatrician in Cork University Hospital.

Unique to Ireland, KidScope is the only consultant-lead child development clinic to offer free assessment, consultation, and onward referral of children aged 0-6 years within a highly vulnerable community. The study is the first opportunity to apply critical, qualitative and quantitative lenses to the KidScope Clinic and to understand the impact of the clinic on child outcomes and practitioner service provision. A study on the KidScope Clinic, from ideation to full operation, will provide a template for how to plan and implement effective paediatric care in disadvantaged community settings. The study will contribute to research in the area of child health and development, offering rigorous, evidence-based findings highlighting the importance of multi-agency, inter-disciplinary partnership working within a child development clinic, and the importance of implementing a paediatric development outreach clinic in an area of high disadvantage and vulnerability.


 

Peer Review Journal Articles

Conference Presentations

Buckley, L. and Curtin, M. 2018,

‘Learning Together Young Knocknaheeny Process Evaluation 2015 to 2017’, presented by Curtin, M

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Russell, J., Martin, S., Buckley, L., 2018,

‘ Including Children’s Voices in a Multiple Stakeholder Study on a Community Wide Approach to Improving Quality in Early Years Settings’, presented by Russell, J and Martin, S.

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Walsh, G., O’Sullivan, S., Maguire, C., Harford, K., Buckley, L., Curtin, M. 2018,

‘Babbling Babies: Moving from an Impairment Model towards Promotion and Prevention in the Pre-Birth to 3 Year Period of Development for Speech and Language Therapists in Ireland’, presented by Walsh, G

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Curtin, M., Maguire, C., Buckley, L., Harford, K. 2018,

‘Implementing a Standardised Model of Infant Mental Health Visiting in a Low-Income Irish Community’, presented by Curtin, M.

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Russell, J. 2017

‘Addressing Quality in Childcare: A Case Study of A Community Wide Approach to Improve Outcomes for Children in a Disadvantaged Area’, presented by Russell, J

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Curtin, M., Donald, B., Buckley, L., Harford, K.  2017,

‘Using a child-focused community profile as a catalyst for a multi-disciplinary child health partnership in a low-income Irish community’, presented by Curtin, M.

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Presented by C. Maguire, 16th World Association of Infant Mental Health World Congress, Rome, May, 2018.
Maguire, C., Curtin, M., Buckley, L., Harford, K. (2018).

Reports

Born and Raised into Homelessness, Overcrowding and Substandard Housing: Experiences of Families Engaged with the Young Knocknaheeny Home Visiting Programme.

(Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme: Cork, 2019).
Young Knocknaheeny. (2019).

Circle-time, Selfies, Friends and Food: Researching Children’s Voices in Early Years Settings in the Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme.

(Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme: Cork, 2019)
Martin, S. (2019)

Learning Together: Young Knocknaheeny Process Evaluation 2015 to 2017.

(Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme: Cork, 2018)
Buckley, L. & Curtin, M. (2018).

Preparing for a Whole Community Prevention and Early Intervention Programme 2011-2015.

(Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme: Cork, 2016)
Young Knocknaheeny, (2016).

An Introduction to Young Knocknaheeny

(Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme: Cork, 2016)
Young Knocknaheeny, (2016).

Report on the Implementation and Consultation Event 2016.

(Young Knocknaheeny ABC Programme: Cork, 2016)
Young Knocknaheeny, (2016).