We’ll be starting the first phase of research with residents in Tallaght West shortly as part of the How is Our Neighbourhood?
study in which we will be exploring experiences and perceptions of living in Tallaght West.
Bernadette Rock, who is leading on the research, gave a talk to Social Care students in Tallaght IT to discuss the study and encourage them to take part in the survey team. We’ll also be carrying out focus groups with young people living and attending school in Tallaght West, as well as local service providers.
This study will build on two previous studies (How are our Kids?,
2004 and How are our Families?,
2012) which have been central to informing CDI's work, as well as identifying key and emerging issues.
CDI has three datasets available for public use via the Irish Social Science Data Archive and others will follow. These datasets relate to the following evaluations:
The datasets are available for secondary research and teaching purposes by academics, researchers and post-graduate students. CDI’s Archiving Toolkit explains the archiving process, and is available on our website.
In addition, we have Tutor Packs for all our evaluations which provide documentation and presentations for third level courses to incorporate our research.
To mark World Book Day (March 3) CDI gave out useful tips for parents to encourage their children’s reading.
CDI Speech and Language Therapist Michelle Quinn advised parents on what works to get children’s interest: “Children in Junior Infants like books about everyday things, story books about adventures, alphabet books, counting books, non-fiction books about insects or dinosaurs or imaginative books.
"Children at crèche stage like small books that fit into their hands, books with simple rhymes, flap books and books about everyday things, clothes, animals and toys. Preschool children often like books that tell stories about children and also nursery rhyme books.
"When reading talk about the book, with smaller children this may be pointing out pictures while it would be pointing out words with older children.”
CEO Marian Quinn encouraged parents and children to use www.doodleden.ie, a fun website for 5-6 years olds with interactive language and number games.