Commissions & Reports

migration1 2013 – 2016

The “New Irish in America,” Glucksman Ireland House, Archives of Irish America, NYU. 

irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/archivesirishamerica

2006 – 2012

Annual Reports on the work of Migrant Rights Center of Ireland for The Atlantic Philanthropies –

www.atlanticphilanthropies.org

2009 – 2010

Marriage Equality Campaign, Ireland: A Case Study in Advocacy Effectiveness for The Atlantic Philanthropies.  –

www.marriagequality.ie

Click here to read / download the report

2012 – 2013

Daring Voices: The One Foundation’s Support of Work in the Areas of Immigrant Rights, Children’s Rights and Youth Mental Health. –

www.onefoundation.ie 

Click here to read / download the report

2013 – 2016

USA

Commissioned by Glucksman Ireland House to work on the The “New Irish in America, 1980-1990,” project, Archives of Irish America, NYU.

www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/archivesirishamerica

2012 – 2013

IRE

Commissioned by Ireland’s first home-grown philanthropy, the One Foundation to review their work in support of key areas of social change.
Daring Voices: The One Foundation’s Support of Work in the Areas of Immigrant Rights, Children’s Rights and Youth Mental Health.

www.onefoundation.ie

2010 – 2013

IRE

Doras Luimní (DL)is an independent NGO based in Limerick city that has supported the rights of asylum seekers and refugees for ten years. In addition to direct support and advice, DL engages in local and national advocacy, awareness-raising activities and campaign work in relation to immigration and integration policy issues.  Appointed External Evaluators in June 2010 (mid-point of business plan implementation).  For Atlantic Philanthropies.

2006-2012

IRE

Prepared quarterly reports to assess impact of work of the organization in relation to its support of Ireland’s new immigrants at grassroots, labor and policy levels. For The Atlantic Philanthropies.

www. atlanticphilanthropies.org

2009-2010

IRE

MarriagEquality was an Irish organisation, part-funded through Atlantic Philanthropies, which was campaigning for civil marriage rights for gay and lesbian people. O’Carroll Associates worked with MarriageEquality in 2009 and 2010 to evaluate its work on a formative basis, including through specific techniques to evaluate advocacy work, such as the use of bellwether methodologies and intense period debriefings. In partnership with Hibernian Consulting.

2008 – 2009

IRE

The aim of the consultation was to document Awardees’ qualitative feedback on: the experience of being Social Entrepreneurs in Ireland; the quality of support received from the SEI Team; the outcomes and impact of SEI support on their particular ideas/areas of work, and recommendations for change.  This data to form the basis of an internal assessment of SEI’s performance, outcomes and impact to date, based on the evaluator’s analysis.

2008

IRE

Qualitative consultation process completed with a sample of ONE Foundation grantees in Ireland to explore the experience of grantees to date, and the outcomes and impact of ONE support on their particular sectors of work.  Assessment and analysis contained in a confidential, internal report prepared to supplement findings from a parallel quantitative survey conducted by The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

2006 – 2008

IRE

Completed formative evaluation process that included facilitation of MRCI’s Evaluation Team, and data collection strategies to capture outcomes and impact of activities completed to realise the Strategic Plan, 2006-2008.  Evaluation analysis and assessment was documented in the External Evaluator’s quarterly reports.  For Atlantic Philanthropies.

 2008

USA

Consultant during Strategic Planning exercises on Community Outreach Programme for the Five Colleges Consortium, (Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke, UMass. Amherst).

2006 – 2012

IRE

Documented the model of consultation and collaboration between community groups and service providers in counties Waterford and Kilkenny.  For Waterford City Partnership.

SchoolCAP: Cultural Awareness Programme

2004

IRE

Evaluation of a pilot project to raise awareness of cultural diversity in primary schools via the performance of a professional clown and use of computer-based resources.  For ONE Foundation.

2002 – 2005

IRE

External Evaluator to a project designed to facilitate ICT Skills and provide supports to build the capacity of community organisations in Cork.  Completed formative evaluation process that involved quarterly evaluation reports to document analysis and assessment.

Strategies for Social Policy Inputs

2002 & 2003

IRE

Devised, developed and delivered two four-day programmes for community representatives on strategies for effective input to local policy and planning in relation to state services in disadvantaged areas.

Millennium Project

2003

IRE

External Evaluator – completed summative evaluation of this two-year national training and development project whose aim was to build the capacity of locally-based women’s group to participate in policy formation on issues relevant to their lives: Health, Education, Work, Violence against Women, and Local Development.

2002

USA

Co-authored a series of Parents’ and Teachers’ Guides (for Media Education) to accompany Public Service TV program (with Urban Improv) on key issues for adolescent girls – from teen pregnancy to girls’ participation in sports.  Guides prepared with Dr. A. Rogers, Harvard University.

2001

USA

Prepared a guide for students and teachers to accompany this TV broadcast on PBS.  Co-authored with Dr. A. Rogers, Harvard University.

1999 – 2002

EU / IRE

Worked as consultant on Evaluation to Skillnets’ programme of 48 nation-wide projects that sought to build the capacity of organisations in the private sector to network and develop appropriate training strategies relative to developmental need.  In addition, worked as External Evaluator to specific Skillnets’ projects in the following sectors: IT, Software Development, Change Management and Call Centres.

1999 / 2000

IRE / USA

Commissioned by the LEA/LOT organisation, the study involved consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including school principals; RSE teachers etc. and also documented best practice in schools in the USA.  Co-authored with Dr. L. Szalacha, Boston University.

FOLLÁIN – The Women’s Sector Blueprint for Community-Based Healthcare

2001

IRE

Commissioned by Waterford City Women’s Sector and the South-Eastern Health Board, this research sought to facilitate and document a workable model in community-based healthcare, agreed by all stakeholders and successfully submitted to RAPID.  Model latterly funded and operationalised in Waterford city.

Project Athena, Harvard University

1999

USA

Consultant on Evaluation to this mentoring project to promote healthy development in girls, delivered as a joint initiative between Harvard University Outward Bound and Broadening the Circle Project.

Safe Schools Programme for Lesbian and Gay Students, Massachusetts

2001

USA

Evaluation of the SSP for the Massachusetts Department of Education.  Principal Investigator, Dr. L. Szalacha, Boston University.

1998

IRE

A training and development programme designed and delivered to organisations interested in learning the skills and tools for establishing good practice in evaluation and planning.

1997 – 1999

IRE / USA

Project Co-ordinator (feasability study) of a joint project between professor A. Rogers, Harvard University and Trinity College, Dublin that aimed to devise and develop a culturally appropriate method to train Irish psychotherapists in The Rogers’ Relational Research Model on Trauma, in order to treat Irish children and adults presenting with histories of trauma and sexual abuse.

1998

IRE

A year-long assessment of the impact of funding on the work of women’s groups in the Republic in the context of an overall analysis of the funding and policy environments.

European Union’s New Opportunities for Women Programme

1996 – 1997

EU

Devised, developed and delivered workshops on a participative model of evaluation for projects involved in the programme.

Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple Challenges

1996

IRE

This research involved extensive fieldwork with people with MS and their families in Counties Kerry and Cork (a qualitative data collection exercise conducted in parallel with a quantitative survey administered via mail) to assess needs and services available to people with MS in these areas.  Nexus for the MS Society.  Principal Investigator, Joan Byrne.

1995 – 1997

IRE

Consultant to two grassroots women’s organisations involved in education projects under the NOW programme: the Cork Rape Crisis Centre’s project responded to an escalation in reports of sexual abuse, and the Lesbian Education and Awareness (LEA)project, aimed at supporting lesbian women through training and development measures.

EU HORIZON Programmes

1996

IRE

Completed case studies of Irish projects addressing disadvantage and disability with Nexus Research (Europe).  Report delivered to Department of Employment and Enterprise.

EU HELIOS 2

1995

EU

Completed evaluation of the Handynet (ICT) information system for people with disability in six EU member states.  With Brian Dillon, Nexus, for the European Commission.

EU TELEMATIQUE Final Evaluation

1995

EU

Conducted and completed Greek case study as part of wider evaluation by Nexus of the EU’s programme in advanced communications for less developed regions.  For European Commission DGXVI.  Principal Investigators, Brian Dillon and Seán Ó’ Siochrú

Poverty – Lesbian and Gay Men: The Economic and Social Effects of Discrimination

1995

IRE

Co-authored with Eoin Collins and Patricia Prendiville, with GLEN/Nexus, this was the first study of lesbian and gays in Ireland, commissioned by the Combat Poverty Agency.

1995

IRE

Building on data gathered during research on the national study of lesbians and gays, this report sought to document the barriers faced by lesbian and gay members of third level communities.  Published by the Higher Education Equality Unit.

2013-2016

IRE

A compilation of essays by Ireland’s lesbian and gay activists, academics and artists.  Published by Cassells, UK.  Co-authored with Eoin Collins.

Task Force on the Travelling Community

2006-2012

IRE

Completed the report on Traveller education needs following extensive nation-wide fieldwork with Traveller families and local providers.  This was the first national study of Travellers conducted for the Irish government’s Department of Equality and Law Reform.  Principal Investigator, Brian Dillon, Nexus.

1992

IRE

Completed qualitative case studies documenting the experience of women in different aspects of the construction industry, for a report to FÁS and the Construction Industry Federation.  Co-authored with Dr.s E. Davis, P.Fine-Davis, and Caitríona Clear, Trinity College, Dublin.

1990

IRE

Published by Attic Press, Dublin, Ireland.