Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) – Evaluation of the CDI’s Community Safety Initiative: Community Safety Surveys, 2010 and 2011

 

ABOUT THE STUDY

Established in 2008, the Community Safety Initiative (CSI) aimed to improve safety within the home, school and wider community environment in Tallaght West, Co. Dublin. Initiatives were implemented in targeted areas to raise community spirit and belonging locally, build strong relationships and trust between residents and service providers, and establish a shared sense of responsibility amongst residents and service providers in relation to improving safety. This study evaluated the implementation of the initiative by the Childhood Development Initiative between 2008 and 2011.

Quantitative data formed one part of the evidence for this evaluation. A total of three semi-structured questionnaire surveys were conducted in three CSI pilot sites (sample = 600 houses) in Tallaght West during December 2010, January 2011 and again in June 2011. The surveys gathered the opinions and views from a total of 291 community residents concerning the impact of the CSI in terms of safety / service awareness, improved safety, pro-social behaviour and engagement in maintaining a safe community, and improvements to the physical environment locally.

MAIN TOPICS

  • Children
  • Families
  • Community safety
  • Community life
  • Community behaviour
  • Crime
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Pro-social behaviour
  • Service integration and awareness
  • Evaluation

COVERAGE, UNIVERSE, METHODOLOGY

Population

The survey targeted adult residents living in three pilot sites which were part of the implementation of the Community Safety Initiative. Survey participants mostly were local authority tenants and others who rented from voluntary housing associations.

Observation units

Individuals

Families / Households

Temporal coverage

Dates of fieldwork: 12/2010 to 06/2011

Time dimension

Cross-sectional one-time study, with two repeat surveys, 6 months apart

Geographical coverage

Country: Ireland 
Region: Dublin
County: Dublin
Town: Tallaght West
Administrative unit: three residential areas in three local authority estates (600 housing units approximately)

Sampling procedures

Random

Multistage

A total of three community surveys were conducted.  Two surveys were conducted in defined sites in the Jobstown and Bookfield / Fettercairn areas of Tallaght West in December 2010 / January 2011 and again in June 2011.

Both survey sites comprised approximately 100 dwellings each and each house was called to during the door-to-door surveys (sample = 400 houses). Respondents were required to be over 18 years of age and researchers collected multiple surveys from houses (where possible) e.g. if more than one adult was willing to participate. In the return survey in June 2011, researchers called at each house in the survey site regardless of whether or not a completed survey (or surveys) had been collected at that house in the earlier December 2010 / January 2011 survey. Researchers collected surveys both from residents who had completed the December / January survey and those who did not. No distinction was made between those who completed one or both surveys.

The third CSI survey site was conducted on the MacUilliam estate in Tallaght West which in 2011 housed approximately 300 families. Using purposive quota sample 200 randomly selected houses, a door-to-door survey yielded 75 respondents (sample = 200 houses).  As in the first two CSI Surveys, respondents were required to be over 18 years of age and researchers collected multiple surveys from houses (where possible) e.g. if more than one adult was willing to participate.

Methods of data collection

PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interviewing): With interviewer (face to face, telephone or other)

Response rate

Community Survey Details

Sample Size (n=houses)

Total Responses

(n=respondents)

Response Rate

Survey 1 Dec 2010 - Jan 2011 on the Jobstown & Brookfield sites

200

101

50.5%

Survey 2 June 2011 on the Jobstown & Brookfield sites

200

115

57.5%

Survey 3 on the MacUilliam estate June 2011

200

75

37.5%

Total

600

291

Overall Average 48.5%

 

DATA AND DOCUMENTATION: FILES’ DESCRIPTION

Data (available through ISSDA application process)

File name

 

File format/s

Contents of file

CSI SURVEY DEC 2010 JAN 2011

SPSS

Survey data and variables

CSI SURVEY JUNE 2011

SPSS

Survey data and variables

CSI MACUILLIAM SURVEY 2011

SPSS

Survey data and variables

 

Documentation (available for download)

File name

 

File format/s

(preferably PDF)

Contents of file

CSI SURVEY DEC 2010 JAN 2011

PDF

Unstructured survey questionnaire

CSI SURVEY JUNE 2011

PDF

Unstructured survey questionnaire

CSI MACUILLIAM SURVEY 2011

PDF

Unstructured survey questionnaire

CSI SURVEY DEC 2010 JAN 2011 DATA DICTIONARY

PDF

Data dictionary

CSI SURVEY JUNE 2011 DATA DICTIONARY

PDF

Data dictionary

CSI MACUILLIAM SURVEY 2011 DATA DICTIONARY

PDF

Data dictionary

 

LINKS

Kearns, N. Reddy, J. and Canavan, J. (2013) Evaluation of the Community Safety Initiative of the Childhood Development Initiative. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).

Evaluation of the Community Safety Initiative of the Childhood Development Initiative

 

ACCESS INFORMATION

Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.

Acknowledgements

Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by the ISSDA, should  acknowledge: “Childhood Development Initiative" and also ISSDA, in the following way: “Accessed via the Irish Social Science Data Archive - www.ucd.ie/issda”.

Citation requirement

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Bibliographical citation

Evaluation of the Childhood Development Initiative’s Community Safety Initiative: Community Safety Surveys, 2010 and 2011 [computer file]. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway & Tallaght West: Childhood Development Initiative [producers], 2011. Dublin: Irish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2014.

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