Knowing and Understanding What Works:

Since 2008, we have been working with 200 families on the original Preparing for Life research programme.  We believe that it is crucial to understand if our programme improves children’s school readiness and to understand the factors that make our work successful.

We have appointed The UCD Geary Institute to follow the journey of the families participating in the research programme in order to evaluate its effectiveness.

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The Evaluation Team from UCD Geary Institute is led by Dr Orla Doyle. The team uses multiple approaches including a Random Control Trial, Annual School Readiness Surveys and Process Evaluation in order to evaluate the programme.

For detailed information on the Preparing for Life Evaluation process, please visit the page hosted by the UCD Geary Institute: is external)

To view the evaluation reports on Preparing for Life Phase I released by the Geary Institute to date, please click here

Area Based Childhood Programme:

The expanded Preparing for Life – Area Based Childhood Programme will be subject to a national evaluation of all ABC Programme sites led by the Centre for Effective Services.