A Formative Evaluation of Tusla/EPIC fora

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A Formative Evaluation of Tusla/EPIC fora

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Evaluation of the Tusla / EPIC Fora


Author: Ms Rebecca Jackson, Dr Bernadine Brady, Dr Cormac Forkan, Ms Edel Tierney, Dr Danielle Kennan

Publisher: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

Date: 2018

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Not Specified

Type of participation: Evaluation

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children in care, Children’s Participation, EPIC Fora, Formative Evaluation, NUI Galway, Tusla, UNESCO



Children’s participation has been defined as ‘the process by which children and young people have active involvement and real influence in decision-making on matters affecting their lives, both directly and indirectly’. Children’s participation can relate to decision-making about their own lives and circumstances (individual participation) or to the issues affecting a group of children and young people (collective participation).

This study focuses on collective participation, which is defined by Seim and Slettebø as ‘the goal of improving services for everyone in the same situation’.