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National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) Evaluation

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This research will be completed in March 2014. Please email us if you would like to be informed when it is available. Interim evaluation report available!


The National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) aims to improve early year’s services for children (0-6 years) and their families in disadvantaged areas. It sets out to do this through interagency collaboration and by developing innovative community-based models to respond to local needs.


Research Method

Date: Sept 2012 - March 2013

Method: The research design is based on an approach that is referred to as confirmatory programme evaluation

Carried Out By: Dr. Kieran McKeown (Evaluation Co-ordinator), Trutz Haase (Data Analyst) and Professor Jay Belsky (Research Director of the UK’s National Evaluation of Sure Start Research Team).

The NEYAI evaluation aims to ensure that the impact of the intervention can be measured in a statistically robust manner and lessons learned so that they can be applied to the early childhood care and education (ECCE) sector as a whole. A formative evaluation of the initiative is being undertaken, along with local level evaluations. Visit the NEYAI Evaluation site to find out more. Baseline data collection began in September 2012 and an interim evaluation report can be found below.  The final evaluation report which will also include case studies of individual service models is due for completion in March 2014.


Research Protocol Sets out how the evaluation team will evaluate NEYAI

Interim Evaluation of NEYAI and Síolta Summary of the Basline Report on the Interim Evaluation of NEYAI and Síolta

List of Project Reports, Toolkits, Manuals & Guides. This is a list of Local Evaluation Reports, Tools, Manuals, and Guides produced in conjunction with the National Early Years Access Initiative.

Meet The Team

Photo Siobhan O'Dowd Co-Ordinator Email

Team Members

Bernie McDonnell Programme Manager
Emily Cunningham Administrator
Kieran McKeown Evaluation Co-Ordinator
Trutz Haase Data Analyst

External References

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