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Longtitudinal Evaluation of YAP Ireland CLG

YAP Ireland CLG contracted a research team from National University of Maynooth to carry out an external evaluation of the YAP Ireland CLG model. This longitudinal study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of the YAP model in an Irish context, to assess whether the structure of the organisation is fit for purpose and whether its new programmes contribute to positive outcomes for young people and families.

The research evaluation methodology included a series of phased Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQ) administered to a sample of young people and their guardians, a mid-way fidelity study with the SDQ sample, focus group interviews with case managers and advocates, the tracking of individual cases and a comparison with a pre-defined comparator group.

This piece of research from NUI Maynooth was launched on 3rd March and will be one of the most important pieces of information for YAP Ireland CLG into the future. Here is a summary of the research:

Summary of Research Findings

This evaluation study concludes that the YAP programme is implemented as intended, with treatment fidelity. Managers and Advocates working for YAP Ireland believe in the YAP model, and are also positive about the application of the YAP model in practice, and the benefits for the young people and families participating in the programme. The reported improvements as evidenced by the qualitative data and quantitative SDQ findings represent significant positive outcomes for the young people participating in the YAP programme. The outcomes show improvements in factors which enhance wellbeing, as described in the literature. Happiness and health are associated with physical participation in life, spending time with friends and a sense of belonging within families and communities (Lalor, De Róiste & Devlin, 2007). Correspondingly, resilience and the maintenance of wellbeing in the presence of adversity have been linked to individual factors such as self-esteem and leisure interests; social factors such a sense of belonging and a pro-social peer group; and community factors such as attachment to community networks and access to support services (National Youth Health Programme, 2004). These reported findings in relation to wellbeing suggest that there are clear positive outcomes for young people who participate in the YAP programme.

To view the report please select one of the links below: 

NUI Maynooth Longitudinal Evaluation of YAP Ireland

Executive Summary of NUI Maynooth Longitudinal Evaluation of YAP Ireland

YAP Partner Survey 2013

YAP Ireland carried out a Partner Opinion Survey as part of our Annual Report 2013 theme ‘Partnership’. The survey was completed online by partners of YAP Ireland, primarily referrers to the YAP Ireland service.

The survey consisted of 18 questions which were broken down into 3 key areas. The areas covered were:

  1. Knowledge of Service
  2. Quality of Service
  3. Evaluation of Service

In terms of ‘Knowledge of Service’, respondents on the whole largely agreed that YAP Ireland lives up to its mission and values. When asked to review the ‘Quality of Service’, 89.7% of respondents strongly agreed that the YAP model is an effective one. The area of ‘Evaluation of Service’ was largely positive; with 35.9% stating that ‘very satisfied’ best described their level of satisfaction with the service, 51.3% were ‘satisfied’. 48.7% of respondents (n=19) agreed that young people and families referred to YAP Ireland do achieve their goals most of the time, with the remaining 51.3% (n=20) agreeing they that achieve their goals some of the time. One aspect of the responses to the survey that is very positive is that 69.2% of participants would rate YAP Ireland highly compared to other similar types of service providers that they currently refer to. 97.4% of respondents said that they would recommend YAP to a potential referrer and most respondents reported having a positive relationship with their YAP contact. Working in partnership with YAP Ireland was important for our partners as they felt it strengthened the support available for young people and families, in particular for at risk or hard-to-reach young people. 

We look forward to continuing to work with our partners and to offer them an even greater voice in our services, so that together we can work on maintaining and further improving our high standards.

YAP Partner Survey

Investing in Children

In 2013, YAP Ireland began working with a UK based group Investing in Children to review how YAP promote young people’s rights in our work.  We felt that this was a good opportunity for YAP to put forward our strengths based approach and commitment to involving young people in all aspects of our work.  In order to become members of Investing in Children, we invited the IiC assessor to come to Ireland and meet with young people involved in our programmes around the country.  In November 2013, Rob Johnson came to YAP and met with groups of young people in all our regions.  He asked the young people about they are involved in developing and reviewing their service plans and how they can make their voices heard on a local and national level also.  Rob also met with staff members and with the YAP Youth Forum.  In December, Investing in Children awarded the four YAP regions, Investing in Children membership.

Following on from that YAP Ireland and VOYPIC in the North of Ireland were invited by Investing in Children to become assessors for other organisations seeking accreditation. On 23rd September 2014 YAP Ireland in partnership with VOYPIC launched the Investing in Children membership award scheme. The membership scheme recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice and gives organisations the opportunity to award services that can demonstrate a commitment to dialogue with young people that leads to change. The launch took place in YAP Ireland’s Head Office. Key speakers at the launch included Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of Children’s Rights Alliance and Liam Cairns, Director of Investing in Children, UK. 

Below, you can find the final evaluations written by Investing in Children on each of our regions.

Dublin/Mid Leinster Regions Evaluation

North East & North Dublin Regions Evaluation

South Region Evaluation

West Region Evaluation