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).

Walsh, G. and O’Sullivan, S (2021) “Celebrating our Profession: A Changing World of SLT”, Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT) Biennial Conference

Poster IASLT

  • Grace and Sally presented a poster at the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT) Biennial Conference “Celebrating our Profession: A Changing World of SLT” on 8th and 9th September 2021. The Conference took place online and provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues and to showcase our work in Let’s Grow Together. The title of the poster presentation was “A Population Level Study of the Language Profiles of Irish Children in Junior Infants in a Low Socio-Economic Area” and it was authored by Grace Walsh, Sally O’Sullivan & Katherine Harford (Let’s Grow Together! Infant and Childhood Partnerships CLG) Emma Hallahan, Dr. Margaret Curtin & Dr. Ciara O’Toole (UCC). The poster shared results of speech and language assessments carried out with children in Junior Infant between 2016-2019. The results suggest that Irish children living in a low socio-economic area are at an increased risk of experiencing language difficulties at school entry than those in higher socio-economic areas and support the need for prevention and promotion services embedded within communities to support speech, language, literacy and communication development as early as possible.

Martin, S. (2021) Supporting Relationships: Implementing Infant Mental Health training and capacity building for Early Years Practitioners

Implementing Infant Mental Health training Poster

Buckley L, Gibson L, Cornally N, Harford K, Curtin M. (2022) The impact of community paediatric clinics on the developmental outcomes of children living in disadvantage.

The impact of community paediatric clinics on developmental outcomes of children living in disadvantage

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).

Reports

Curtin, M., O’Shea, M and Hayes, C. (2021) Growing up during lockdown: The impact of Covid-19 on the children and families involved in Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnerships

Growing up during lockdown

(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