Quality, Fidelity & Standards

The Genesis Programme is committed to delivering, reviewing and evaluating all of our programmes to ensure we achieve the best outcomes possible for the children, families and communities we work with.

In order to achieve this we undertake a range of initiatives. These include:

  • Group Leader Recruitment and Training
  • Capacity Building for Group Leaders
  • Peer Coaching for Group Leaders
  • Local Programme Evaluations
  • Promoting and Supporting Accreditation for our Group Leaders

Furthermore, we engage locally and nationally with a range of service providers, agencies and third level institutions to establish baseline data, evaluate our programmes and identify areas/gaps in the services we provide to allow us plan for future programmes and interventions. These include:

  • Working collaboratively with Archways to conduct a Child Well-Being Study
  • Working with other ABC sites and CES to evaluate the ABC Programme
  • Partnering with NUI Maynooth on the ENRICH Research Programme

Fidelity = Better Outcomes

One of the key objectives of The Genesis Programme is to ensure Group Leaders delivering The Incredible Years® suite of programmes are trained and coached to the highest standard ensuring fidelity and standards are met.

When a programme is being implemented with fidelity, it ensures that we are able to achieve the same outcomes for children that the original programme was designed to achieve.

With this in mind, The Genesis Programme has developed a series of Best Practice Guidelines for Group Leaders implementing The Incredible Years® suite of Programmes.

One of the most effective ways of ensuring that fidelity and standards are maintained, is for the Group Leader to video tape their sessions.

This enables the Group Leader to reflect on their practice, to monitor and review the session content and process, in partnership with their Peer Coach.

Peer Coaching

All Group Leaders are encouraged and supported to participate in Peer Coach sessions with an accredited coach with the objective of them becoming accredited in their respective Incredible Years® programmes.

This enables Group Leaders to reflect on their practice in a supportive environment, set goals for future sessions and practice skills to introduce to their group.

It also gives Group Leaders an opportunity to receive support with the accreditation process and get feedback on their sessions.

Combining coaching with the training that our Group Leaders receive, improves fourfold (relative to training alone) the standard of programme delivery and therefore improves the outcomes for the children, families and communities we work with.

Child Well Being Study

The Genesis Programme has carried out a Child Well Being Study with 7 year olds in Second Class in the 12 participating Primary Schools in Dundalk and Drogheda.

This is the first time that a study like this has been carried out in Co. Louth and it will give The Genesis Programme and services in the county good baseline data of our children’s well being.

We will have the final report in September 2015 and will keep you updated on developments.

ENRICH Research Programme

This research is being carried out by a team led by Dr. Sinéad McGilloway, Principal Investigator, ENRICH Research Programme  at the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University and is been funded by the Health Research Board.

The purpose of the ENRICH Research Programme is to find out what services and supports best help parents during their pregnancy and later when caring for themselves and their baby.

It will be looking at current postnatal services and supports to decide which work best for parents and their babies in Co. Louth.

ABC Programme Evaluation

The purpose of the ABC Programme Evaluation is focused on three main areas:

  • Outcomes
  • Implementation
  • Cost Analysis


How did the outcomes for children and families in ABC Programme Areas change?

The outcomes for children and families will be measured using internationally recognised measures such as the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQs) for parents, children and teachers


To what extent did the ABC Programme make progress in implementing evidence-informed programmes and approaches in the ABC Areas?

The evaluation will consider both the implementation outcomes achieved and the implementation processes that were engaged in and experienced

Cost Analysis

The cost analysis evaluation approach is informed by the work of White et al., (2013) which suggests a stepped approach across the different stages of programme implementation:

  • Programme Costs
  • Programme Administrative Costs
  • ‘Other’ Costs

The Cost Analysis strand will also consider:

  • Leverage
  • Income Generated

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