Rialto Learning Community Out of School Time (OST) Project 

Study number (SN): 0065-00

  

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queen's University Belfast (2018). An evaluation of the Rialto Learning Community Out of School Time (OST) project, 2011-2013. [dataset]. Version 1. Irish Social Science Data Archive. SN: 0065-00. URL https://www.ucd.ie/issda/datasetsintheissda/rialtooutofschooltimeproject2011-2013/

 

 

ABOUT THE STUDY

 

The dataset contains the findings from the quasi-experimental evaluation of the Rialto Learning Community (RLC) 'Out of School Time' (OST) initiative undertaken by Queen's University Belfast.

The RLC OST initiative aimed to improve the range and the quality of OST activities that are available to young people in the Rialto area of Dublin. The range of programmes included in the RLC included homework support, sport and performing arts. The aim of the evaluation study was to explore the effectiveness of this combination of activities with specific focus on how these relate to outcomes for young people in the areas of; behaviour and motivation for learning, homework difficulty, school enjoyment and educational aspirations. 

 

MAIN TOPICS

  • Youth Clubs
  • Communities

 

 

COVERAGE, UNIVERSE, METHODOLOGY

 

Population

 Children and young people aged between 11 and 14 years in secondary schools in Dublin 

 

Observation units

  • Individual

 

Temporal coverage

From 04/2011 to 05/2013

 

Geographical coverage

Country: Republic of Ireland, Dublin

 

Methods of data collection

  • PAPI (Pencil and Paper Interview, with interviewer (face-to-face, telephone or other)

 

Sampling procedures

The study employed a quasi-experimental research design. The young people in the intervention group (n = 82) were recruited directly from the RLC programmes and all 11-14 year olds attending the programmes at April 2011 were invited to take part (n = 70). Eligible children and young people who joined the programmes after this time were also recruited into the study (n = 12).

To create a comparable control group, a similarly aged cohort of young people were recruited from the schools attended by the intervention group (n = 318). This cohort was designed to be as large as possible in order to provide a sufficient pool of potential control candiates from which to draw the best matches to the intervention group. 

All participants, including the unmatched control participants, were tested at each stage of the study (n = 400). 

 

 

Response rate

Time 1 (Baseline)

Intervention group: n  = 70 recruited and baseline tested in Aril 2011; n= 12 recruited and baseline tested in April 2012.

Control group: n = 271 recruited and baseline tested in April 2011; n = 47 recruited and baseline tested in April 2012.

Time 2  

Intervention group: n = 57 tested (non-response = 25)

Control group: n = 270 tested (non-response = 48)

Time 3 

Intervention group : n = 50 tested (non-respone = 32)

Control group: n = 234 tested (non-response = 84)

 

Analysis: propensity score matching to create comparable control group ( n = 82)

Intervention group: n = 50 (not analysed = 32)

Control group: n = 56 tested (not analysed = 26)

 

DATA AND DOCUMENTATION: FILES’ DESCRIPTION

 

Data (available through ISSDA application process)

File name

File format/s

Contents of file

0065-00_rlc_ost

SPSS

Dataset

 

 

Documentation (available for download)

 

File name

 

File format/s

Contents of file

 0065-00_rlc_ost_summaryguide

PDF

Summary guide with background information and variable information

0065-00_rlc_ost_final_report 

PDF

Final report of the Rialto project

 

 

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.

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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.

Copyright

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queens University Belfast 

Acknowledgements

This study was funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

The research team consisted of Dr. Sarah Miller, Dr. Angela Eakin and Dr. Erik Cownie.

Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by ISSDA, should  acknowledge: "An evaluation of the Rialto Learning Community Out of School Time (OST) project,  2011-2013" 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

Centre for Effective Education , Queen's University Belfast. (2018). An evaluation of the Rialto Learning Community Out of School Time (OST) project, 2011-2013  [dataset]. Version 1. Irish Social Science Data Archive. SN: 0065-00. URL http://www.ucd.ie/issda/data/

Notification

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