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Rialto Learning Community Out of School Time Project Baseline Research

Research Staff

Dr. Michelle Share

About the Project

The purpose of the research was to help inform Out of School Time service design during the development phase of the Rialto Learning Community (RLC). The RLC aims to integrate existing OST services into a single co-ordinated project. The research also contributes to the future outcome evaluation of the RLC project.

This mixed-method  research project  involved the collection of baseline data with 11-14 year olds living in the Rialto area of Dublin who attended the out of school time (OST) activities provided by the Fatima Homework club, the Dolphin Homework Club and the Rialto Youth Project. Data was collected from a comparison group of young people who did not attend these clubs.

Young people were asked about their views of current OST activities and about their relationship with school and OST service providers. Various aspects of young people's health and well-being were assessed including their relationships with peers and other adults. Attitudes toward education in terms of future aspirations, feelings about school and school work were also examined.
The research also gained the perspectives of parents, OST providers and teachers on various aspects of OST provision.

This research was funded by the Fatima Regeneration Board and undertaken from November 2008 to June 2009. The final report was completed in July 2009 and provided a comprehensive study of OST provision in the Rialto area and within a national and international context. Key themes outlined in the report were:

  • School attendance, literacy and educational outcomes
  • Barriers to educational attainment
  • Young people’s participation in OST activities
  • Relationships
  • Links between OST activities and schools


Baseline Research for the Development of the Rialto Learning Community: Final Report (PDF 778 KB)

Last updated 25 June 2010 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).