Investing in Ireland's Children

Supporting increased public expenditure on evidenced-based prevention and early intervention

Investing in Ireland's Children

Supporting increased public expenditure on evidenced-based prevention and early intervention

About

Project lead: Nick Axford, PhD

The Investing in Children website provides free and independent information on the costs and benefits of competing investment options in children’s services. It is aimed at commissioners and policy makers and allows users to search over 100 interventions to find those that match their criteria. Interventions cover outcomes in health, emotional well-being, education, behaviour and relationships.

The underlying economic model is based on the one developed in the US by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). This project aims to help adapt the model for local use in Ireland and Northern Ireland and assesses current levels of expenditure in Northern Ireland.

Our role

There are three parts to our work on this project.

First, we are conducting meta-analyses of programmes to calculate effect sizes for relevant outcomes, and run these programmes through the Investing in Children economic model. Priority is being given to programmes evaluated in Ireland and Northern Ireland with funding from Atlantic Philanthropies.

Second, we are undertaking an analysis of expenditure on children in Northern Ireland by government and voluntary organisations using our fund-mapping methodology.

Third, we are updating the economic model and advising on how it needs to be adapted to reflect the public services and relevant data in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Funders and collaborators

Project Duration: July 2013 - June 2016

Outputs and resources

Completed cost-benefit analyses and reports explaining the methods used to calculate costs and benefits can be found here.

A technical report describing the methodology and inputs used to adapt the cost-benefit model to the UK context can be found here.

A report on the fund-mapping in Northern Ireland can be found here.

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