Incorporating Research Evidence into Academic Learning -

A Seminar for Third Level Institutions

Various Speakers

Fitzwilliam Hotel, St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2 09:00 :: 20th May 2013

Childhood Development Initiative (CDI)

15 May please complete and return registration form (see below) to

Seminar Programme:
9.00 am Registration
9.15 am Welcome and Opening from Dr. Suzanne Guerin.
9.30 am Healthy Schools Programme & Panel Discussion with Questions.
10.00 am Early Years Programme & Panel Discussion with Questions.
10.30 am Early Intervention Speech & Language Therapy & Panel Discussion with Questions.
11.00 am Break – Tea and Coffee.
11.15 am Community Safety Initiative & Panel Discussion with Questions.
11.45 am Restorative Practice & Panel Discussion with Questions.
12.15 pm Mate-Tricks Pro-social Behaviour Programme & Panel Discussion with Questions.
12.45 pm Doodle Den Literacy Programme & Panel Discussion with Questions.
1.15 pm Closing address, Marian Quinn – CEO, CDI.
1.30 pm Close.

This seminar is an excellent opportunity for us to share the findings from our evaluations; encourage the utilisation of this research in academic courses and to consider the recommendations arising which relate to the training of professionals.

For those of you who are not aware of our organisation CDI is one of three sites which constitute the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (PEIP) in Ireland, and is jointly funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP). The three sites, (CDI, Youngballymun and Preparing for Life) were set up with “the objective of testing innovative ways of delivering services and early interventions for children and young people, including the wider family and community settings.” (DCYA, 2011).

CDI is based in Tallaght West and is the result of the professionalism, passion and persistence of a group of 23 concerned individuals and organisations in the community, who had a vision of a better place for children. Through innovative partnerships, they brought together the science of evidenced-based practice and rigorous evaluation, with the spirit of an approach focused on the identified needs of children and families. A partnership was agreed between Government and The Atlantic Philanthropies and the consortium’s first piece of work was a needs analysis entitled “How Are Our Kids?” (HAOK, 2004). A number of priorities were agreed based on this research, one of which was the set up and incorporation of CDI in 2007. Following this a number of programmes were designed and delivered between 2007-2011.
Our programmes for Tallaght West are the Early Years Programme; Doodle Den - Literacy Programme for Senior Infant Children; Mate-Tricks - Pro-Social Behaviour Programme for 4th Class Children; Healthy Schools Programme - A Whole School Approach; Early Intervention Speech and Language Therapy; Community Safety Initiative; Safe and Healthy Place Initiative; Restorative Practice; and the Quality Enhancement Programme. All CDI programmes are evidence-informed and manualised, and are delivered through existing structures and services. CDI has a core role in promoting quality, fidelity, value for money and added value. All elements of our work are rigorously and independently evaluated and we are committed to sharing the learning and experiences from Tallaght West, in order to inform and shape future policy, practice, training and curriculum development.

In order to book a place at this free seminar, please send the details as requested below and email to by Wednesday 15th May.

Booking & Registration Form

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