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Irish Youth Health Promotion Bibliography

This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland. We are very grateful to the Health Promotion research centre based in NUI Galway for their support in collating this bibliography of research studies.

This bibliography will act as a foundation for an in-depth evaluation of Irish research on youth health promotion. It will assist in identifying gaps in policy and practice, planning future projects and reduce duplication of research.

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Refocusing project work with adolescents towards a family support paradigm.

Full title: 
Refocusing project work with adolescents towards a family support paradigm.
Author: 
Canavan, J. & Dolan, P. In: Family Support: Direction from Diversity, Chapter 6 (eds J. Canavan, P. Dolan & J. Pinkerton)
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Canavan, J. & Dolan, P. (2000) Refocusing project work with adolescents towards a family support paradigm. In J. Canavan, P. Dolan & J. Pinkerton (Eds.) Family Support: Direction from Diversity (pp. 123–145). London: Jessica Kingsley.
Publication Type: 
Book chapter
Aim: 
This chapter outlines the experience of Neighborhood Youth Projects (NYP). It discusses a case study evaluation of the Westside Neighborhood Youth Project. n/a
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This chapter traces the evolution of the Westside NYP from a community based intervention project, targeting at-risk adolescents, to one which is now more inclusive of parents. It concludes that the project has been effective and identified the willingness of coordinators to be innovative in its implementation as a core component of its success.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
neighbourhood youth projects, social support, family involvement
Length: 
11 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library Access
ISBN: 
ISBN 1853028509

North Mayo schools project: a blueprint for supporting young people in school, evaluation.

Full title: 
North Mayo schools project: a blueprint for supporting young people in school, evaluation.
Author: 
Canavan, J.
Year: 
1998
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Canavan, J. (1998) North Mayo schools project: a blueprint for supporting young people in school, evaluation. Report to Foróige, Child and Family Research and Policy Unit, NUI Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To evaluate the process and outcomes of an educational intervention project in North Mayo involving a partnership between Foróige, a national youth work organisation and 3 post-primary schools.
Methodology: 
Data were collected using various methods during the project including; operational plans, progress reports, reports from individual group sessions, reports on remedial sessions, student evaluations of several aspects, student journals, monthly and term assessment sheets.
Participants: 
Students, teachers, youth workers, project officers, school principals, parents, project manager.
Conclusion: 
This was one of the first attempts nationally to apply the school-youth work partnership model to early school leaving in a youth work setting. Overall the project performed well in achieving its objectives. In relation to school retention, attendance and self-esteem and personal effectiveness the programme has seen positive effects but an improvement in school performance was not observed.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, educational intervention, partnership
Length: 
40 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

Westside Neighbourhood Youth Project. Evaluation report.

Full title: 
Westside Neighbourhood Youth Project. Evaluation report.
Author: 
Canavan J.
Year: 
1993
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Canavan J. (1993). Westside Neighbourhood Youth Project. Evaluation report. Unpublished report. Galway: Western Health Board.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine the effectiveness of the Westside Neighbourhood Youth Project (NYP). (This is a project established in the West of Ireland for children from disadvantaged areas to provide services, help them to remain part of their community and to learn new skills).
Methodology: 
Interviews, questionnaires and self-esteem inventories.
Participants: 
Practitioners, policy makers, programme manager, 22 parents and their children.
Conclusion: 
No difference in self-esteem levels among the young people was found. A need for conducting a skills profile for new children joining the group was identified. Improvements were observed in relation to behaviour, self-image and general psychological well-being of the children. The young people themselves enjoyed the club and developed good relationships with the team. Parents were very positive about the project and the effect it has on their children. The Community too regard the project highly.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, project, evaluation
Length: 
173 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

Evaluation of the MindOut programme in Youthreach centres.

Full title: 
Evaluation of the MindOut programme in Youthreach centres.
Author: 
Clarke, A., Canavan, R. & Barry, M.M.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Clarke, A., Canavan, R., & Barry, M.M. (2008). Evaluation of the MindOut programme in Youthreach centres. Unpublished report, Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To evaluate the MindOut programme which has been implemented in Youthreach centres in the Health Service Executive West.
Methodology: 
Quasi-experimental.
Participants: 
A total of 53 trainees (21 in the intervention group and 32 in the control group) were involved in the evaluation of the programme. There were 28 males and 25 females altogether with a range of 15 to 20 years.
Conclusion: 
The results demonstrate that the MindOut programme is suitable for implementation in a Youthreach setting and produced positive impacts for the trainees and tutors. The MindOut programme can have positive-short term effects on a diverse group of trainees in the Youthreach setting. The tutors reported an increased awareness of mental health issues, beneficial effects on trainee-tutor relationships and positive impacts on coping strategies amongst the trainees. The evaluation identified that the programme is most suited for young people aged 17 years and over, however, both tutors and trainees expressed a desire for a similar programme for the younger age group.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, MindOut, mental health, programme, Youthreach
Length: 
77 pages

Evaluation of the Youthreach SEN Pilot Initiative: final report.

Full title: 
Evaluation of the Youthreach SEN Pilot Initiative: final report.
Author: 
Clarke, A., Classon, J. & Phillips, S.
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Clarke, A., Classon, J., & Phillips, S. (2007). Evaluation of the Youthreach SEN pilot initiative: final report. Department of Education and Science/Eustace Patterson Limited.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
This study aimed to evaluate and examine the implementation of a pilot initiative of Youthreach Special Education Initiative (SEN) and to make recommendations for its future development and a national rollout of the initiative.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and focus groups.
Participants: 
In total there were 20 Youthreach centres involving 126 staff, 20 co-ordinators and 92 young people who took part in this evaluation.
Conclusion: 
Considerable learning was gained from the pilot phase, which enabled refining the profiling tool, developing the training programme and guidelines on acceptable practice. For students, benefits included: personal development in terms of growth in self-esteem, confidence levels and self-reflection, acquisition of life skills such as problem solving, critical analysis and goal setting, as well as getting additional academic help, e.g. literacy, numeracy and in specific subjects.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
Youthreach, pilot project, special needs
Length: 
106 pages

Limerick City guidance and counselling initiative for early school leavers: an evaluation report.

Full title: 
Limerick City guidance and counselling initiative for early school leavers: an evaluation report.
Author: 
Conboy, P.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Conboy, P. (2000). Limerick city guidance and counselling initiative for early school leavers: an evaluation report. Limerick: CLVEC
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
This study aimed to evaluate the Limerick City guidance and counselling initiative with regard to the appropriateness of the model, the effectiveness of the implementation of the initiative and to generate policy and practice recommendations.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and interviews.
Participants: 
Managers of the centres, counselling co-ordinators, key staff in each centre and young people.
Conclusion: 
The aims of the counselling initiative were met. The model was appropriate and met the needs of the young people. It was effective, as it brought about positive influences and changes (e.g. suicides had been averted, some young people who required drug and alcohol addiction treatment availed of this and others are now pursuing formal education). However, limited access to the service and a lack of planned start up time for the initiative were identified as project weaknesses. It concludes that the youth centre need a professional counselling and psychological service.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, counselling, guidance, youth centre
Length: 
66 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Limerick City Adult Education Service.

The National Youth Health Programme: evaluation of the Health Quality Mark summary.

Full title: 
The National Youth Health Programme: evaluation of the Health Quality Mark summary.
Author: 
Costello, T., & Hodgins, M.
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Costello, T., & Hodgins, M. (2007). The National Youth Health Programme: Evaluation of the Health Quality Mark Summary. Dublin/Galway: National Youth Health Programme and Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
The aim of this study was to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the Health Quality Mark (HQM) taking into consideration the process, impact and outcomes of the award. The National Youth Health Programme developed the HQM as a health promotion initiative with a view to enhancing best practice and high standards of quality in all aspects of health promotion in youth organisations.
Methodology: 
Semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
Participants: 
In total 9 health promotion practitioners from the HSE and strategic personnel, 22 team members of organisations that received the award and 15 going forward for the reward, and young people who attended a youth group that have been awarded the HQ mark.
Conclusion: 
In summary, the perceptions of designated health promoters, team members and members of management on the impact and outcomes of the project were very positive. Most comments were best interpreted as impacts, as the initiative has not been available for sufficient time to explore long term outcomes in an in-depth manner. There was an absence of negative impacts recorded in many of the interviews.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, health, tool, evaluation
Length: 
47 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the National Youth Council of Ireland

The benefits of youth work: young people’s and youth workers perspectives.

Full title: 
The benefits of youth work: young people’s and youth workers perspectives.
Author: 
Delvin, M. & Gunning, A.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Delvin. M., & Gunning, A. (2009). The purpose and outcomes of youth work: report to the youth services interagency group.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore the nature, purpose and outcomes of youth work in Ireland.
Methodology: 
Semi-structures interviews, focus groups and questionnaires.
Participants: 
Five case study sites participated involving managers of each youth group, youth workers and young people. In total 33 adults and 41 young people took part in the focus groups and 61 adults and 172 young people completed questionnaires.
Conclusion: 
In conclusion, this evaluation found that when youth work is comprehensive, it can have a wide range of positive outcomes for young people. The positive outcomes for young people include; making friends, providing new activities and opportunities, non-formal and formal learning opportunities and advice and information.
Keywords: 
youth work, benefits, Ireland
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
66 pages

The purpose & outcomes of youth work: report to the youth services interagency group.

Full title: 
The purpose & outcomes of youth work: report to the youth services interagency group.
Author: 
Delvin. M., & Gunning, A.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Delvin, M., & Gunning, A. (2009). The benefits of youth work: young people’s and youth workers perspectives. Youth Studies Ireland, 4, 40-55.
Publication Type: 
Journal article - based on Delvin. M., & Gunning, A. (2009). The purpose & outcomes of youth work: report to the youth services interagency group.
Aim: 
To explore the nature, purpose and outcomes of youth work in Ireland.
Methodology: 
Semi-structures interviews, focus groups and questionnaires.
Participants: 
Five case study sites participated involving managers of each youth group, youth workers and young people. In total 33 adults and 41 young people took part in the focus groups and 61 adults and 172 young people completed questionnaires.
Conclusion: 
In conclusion, this evaluation found that when youth work is comprehensive, it can have a wide range of positive outcomes for young people. The positive outcomes for young people include; making friends, providing new activities and opportunities, non-formal and formal learning opportunities and advice and information.
Keywords: 
youth work, benefits, Ireland
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
20 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Youth Studies Ireland

Foróige neighbourhood youth projects: enhancing support for young people.

Full title: 
Foróige neighbourhood youth projects: enhancing support for young people.
Author: 
Dolan P,
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Dolan, P. (2005). Foróige neighbourhood youth projects: enhancing support for young people. Health Service Executive & The Galway Child and Family Research Centre.
Publication Type: 
Summary research report
Aim: 
To provide a summary of a study that explored the profile, support needs and mental health of young people attending Foróige/HSE Neighbourhood Youth Projects (NYP) in Counties Mayo and Roscommon.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and scales (social provisions scale, the adolescent well-being scale and the adolescent perceived events scale).
Participants: 
170 participants with mean age of 13 years
Conclusion: 
This study established a casual association between attendance on the programme and improvement in a young person’s levels of support, mental well-being and coping. NYPs were found to be successful in targeting, engaging and improving the plight of very vulnerable youth requiring help, whilst still caring for those with a lower level of need. For NYP managers and staff, the importance of encouraging service users to enlist more support from positive relationships was worthwhile as it has the potential to hold over time and is possible even among young people coping with various forms of stress.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
neighbourhood youth, support, young people
Length: 
20 pages

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