Skip to main content
Skip to main content

News

What Works logo

What Works Ireland Evidence Hub: Call for submission of programmes in prevention and early intervention

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) is working with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) to develop the What Works Ireland Evidence Hub of prevention and early intervention programmes. The What Works Ireland Evidence Hub will be an online tool designed to increase access to effective prevention and early intervention programmes by making the best evidence on what works available to policy makers, service commissioners, providers and other audiences. The DCEDIY plans to launch the What Works Ireland Evidence Hub in 2023.  

We now want to hear from those who have developed and provided prevention and early intervention programmes in Ireland (or were involved in their evaluation), who would like their programme to be included on the What Works Ireland Evidence Hub. This is an exciting opportunity to spotlight your programme and the evidence of its impact for children and young people. We are interested in programmes from a wide range of areas meeting prevention and early intervention needs, including parenting programmes. Details of the submission process can be found below.  

The DCEDIY and the EIF hosted a webinar about the What Works Ireland Evidence Hub on Wednesday 19th October

What is the What Works Ireland Evidence Hub?  

The Evidence Hub is based on the existing EIF ‘Guidebook’ in the UK, which provides details of prevention and early intervention programmes that have been evaluated and show some evidence of improving outcomes for children and young people. For each programme, information is provided about:  

  • the specific outcomes the programme has been found to improve and the size of those improvements;  
  • how the programme is delivered and how it works; and,
  • the conditions or resources that can improve its likelihood of being effective.   

The What Works Ireland Evidence Hub will contain information on over 100 prevention and early intervention programmes that are already included on the EIF Guidebook, in addition to 10 programmes in Ireland that will be assessed for evidence of their impact.  

 

How does the submission process work? 

Programme developers, providers, or researchers who are interested in having their programme(s) included on the What Works Ireland Evidence Hub are now welcome to submit an expression of interest. 

We are requesting that programme providers complete an expression of interest using the online submission form. A Word version of the form for reference is available here.  

Programmes will be assessed by the EIF using their standards of evidence, which appraise the strength of the evidence for a programme’s effectiveness.  

Prior to completing the online submission form, please readthis background paper as it contains useful information on the submission process, the criteria that the EIF will use in selecting which programmes are eligible for assessment, and the criteria that will be used to assess programmes that are selected. 

5 programmes will be selected for assessment in 2022-23 financial year, and an additional 5 will be assessed in 2023-24.   

The deadline for expressions of interest is 17:00, 8th November 2022. All respondents will be contacted as soon as possible regarding the outcome of their submission

 

Further information 

The Department has contracted the Centre for Effective Services to support the project. If you have any queries which have not been addressed by the background paper, please email whatworks@effectiveservices.org