IQDA Seminar: The significance of qualitative data in the work of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative

Dr. Tara Murphy

NUIM 16:00 :: 30th November -0001

The Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) is one of three 'Prevention and Early Intervention' sites co-funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and The Atlantic Philanthropies. CDI has commissioned a range of service providers to deliver innovative children's services in Tallaght West as well as supporting the development and implementation of a community safety intiative. All services/ initiatives are being rigorously evaluated using a range of research methodologies and it is anticipated that more than 2000 participants will have participated in the evaluations by the end of 2011.

This seminar will examine the significant role that qualitative data plays in influencing all elements of CDI's work including service delivery and strategy development. In turn, the seminar will also discuss the role of qualitative data in informing and supporting policy implementation.

Tara Murphy is the Research and Evaluation Officer with the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative (CDI). She has a BA Microbiology and a BSc (Hons) Psychology. Her PhD was in the area of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and more specifically, on the provision of parent support at key life stages. She continues to present on this to many audiences. Tara has been a part-time lecturer and examiner on the Behavioural Science course in the School of Medicine (Trinity College Dublin) for the last four years and has also coordinated an education initiative in Clinical Microbiology on Infection Control in Health Care Professionals. Tara also worked as a researcher on a short project in St. Clare’s Unit (Temple Street Children’s University Hospital) which examined the predictors of the disclosure of child sexual abuse prior to her joining CDI. One of Tara's key roles in CDI is to oversee the implementation of six independent evaluation projects.


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