An Evaluation of Da Project

Working With Men. (2006). An Evaluation of Da Project.
Barnardos Cherry Orchard Family Support Project was established under the Springboard Initiative of the Department of Health and Children in 1998. The National Evaluation of the Springboard Initiative identified increasing the level of engagement with fathers as a continuing challenge for Springboard Projects nationally. In response to this challenge and with the support of the Ballyfermot URBAN Initiative, funded by the ERDF, NDP and Dublin City Council, Barnardos Cherry Orchard Family Support Project set out to explore more effective ways of engaging with fathers. This report outlines the increasing awareness of the benefits fathers bring to their children’s lives both in Ireland and internationally and tells the story of the project’s journey. The report identifies the outcomes achieved through this process. It makes recommendations on the future development of the project’s work with fathers as well as on the dissemination of the project’s learning.