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CPLN Case Study
23 May 2012 |
In order for the project to ensure the approach is successful and can be replicated in other areas, an ancillary evaluation will be carried out through the life time of the South Dublin NEYAI initiative.
 
Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) in collaboration with NUI Maynooth (NUIM) has designed an evaluation process made up of three phases. Phase 1 begins with a baseline assessment of all 8 services. The ECI researcher will use the Infant/ Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS), Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and Siolta standards as an assessment tool to give a clear image of the practice within each setting.
 
Both the evaluation and project team have meet with the staff of each service to outline the evaluation process. This gives everyone involved an opportunity to ask questions and eliminate any fears they may have. Afterwards a list of frequently asked questions was drawn up and distributed to each service along with a brief explanation of ITERS and ECERS.
 
Drawing on the findings of the baseline evaluation, the project team will begin action plans and set goals in partnership with each service and all staff members. In the meantime, the evaluation team will conduct a baseline on the perspectives of parents/ children drawing on surveys with parents and using Laevers Well-being and Involvement scales to explore children’s status. Also a case study will be developed in relation to the corporate governance of the boards of management.
 
Throughout the life of the South Dublin NEYAI project the evaluation team will assess the services twice more to track and record their developments. This will give opportunities for change and reflexion. Overall the evaluation will help give clear focus of areas of need within all 8 settings, contribute to the national body of research and policy in relation to Siolta and strengthen the National NEYAI Evaluation.