Recent and Current Projects

Evaluating the implementation of a new model of keyworking in St. Michael’s HouseCompletion date: ongoing

Research team:

Nicola Barry, Principal Psychologist

Catherine Duffy, Home Teacher Manager

Maria Nolan, Early Services Team Leader

Niamh Giltinan, Clinical manager for Children & Young Person’s Service

Susan Cookney, Home Teaching

Phillie Sheehan, Social Work

Suzanne Guerin, UCD Centre for Disability Studies

Research Summary :

The aim of this research is to assess the implementation of the new model of keyworking developed for use in St Michael’s House. The model will be implemented in a number of purposively sampled settings/teams. The aim will be addressed by assessing the following objectives:

  • Identifying the extent of implementation of the new model over a one-year period within the targeted settings;
  • Exploring staff experiences of the process of implementation and the model itself;
  • Exploring families’ perspectives of the pilot model.

reserachWe anticipate that this research will allow staff and the wider organisation to reflect on the implementation of this model and provide guidance on how to support implementation going forward. Considering the National implementation of PDS and the importance of keyworking within this overarching model, there is the potential that the learning from this research will have implications at a national level.