Institute for Lifecourse & Society

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) is a designated research institute for the applied social sciences. The Institute supports applied research that informs policy development and practise to make a positive difference to people's lives. ILAS brings together existing work in relation to targeted populations, such as older persons, children, families, and persons with disabilities into one domain of research, teaching and policy. The core function of the Institute is the pursuit of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences by creatively integrating the rich and diverse intellectual resources from within the University and beyond.

Research at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society

The research team at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre provides Research, evaluation and technical support to TUSLA's Development and Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS). TUSLA - the Child and Family Agency began implementing this new and innovative programme of action since 2015, as part of it's National Service Delivery Framework, with support from the Atlantic Philanthropies Ireland through Galway University Foundation.

The study examines five research areas and the overall impact of TUSLA's programme on the service orientation towards prevention and Family Support.

  1. MEITHEAL and Child and Family Support Network
  2. Parenting Support and Parental Participation
  3. Children's Participation
  4. Public Awareness
  5. Commissioning

A team of nineĀ Hardiman Research Scholars and post doctorate researchers at the UNESCO Child and Family Research centre continues to be funded by this programme to complete this extensive system-wide evaluation of the entire initiative and to provide the specific technical support to TUSLA as it implements this radical programme and to disseminate the results internationally.

Galway University Foundation is the grant holder for the Prevention & Early Intervention Development & Mainstreaming Programme on behalf of The Atlantic Philanthropies.



Humanities & Social Sciences

Lifecourse and Society

Supporting Students

Hardiman Scholarships