Community Engagement in Ireland's Developmental Welfare State: a study of the life cycle approach

This study assesses the impact of the life cycle approach on policy-making for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) participating in the Community and Voluntary Pillar (CVP) of social partnership. A Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology was used with members of the CVP, with five broad research aims in mind: 1. To demonstrate how the process of community engagement in policy-making works, and how this process can yield results in terms of policy outcomes for groups potentially vulnerable to deprivation. 2. To make a contribution to international understanding of civic engagement social policy development in an ageing society. 3. To establish policy priorities for children, older people, people with disabilities, and people of working age in Ireland. 4. To engage Civil Society Organisations as collaborators in a project adhering to the ethos of participatory action research. 5. To disseminate research findings to the widest possible audience of policy-makers, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and academics at a national and international level.