“More widespread participation in programmes such as Gaisce would have positive implications for the psychological health of young people in Ireland.“

Independent Doctoral Research

In April 2015 Gaisce published the first independent doctoral research on the impact of participation in Gaisce on young people.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Gaisce – The President’s Award, the research highlights the very positive impact participation in Gaisce has on young people with respect to a variety of competencies and psychological attributes.

To download a summary of the research findings, click here (PDF).

To download a full copy of the research, click here (PDF).


In April 2022 Silvia Gagliardi and Orlaith Rice at UCD completed an evaluation report on ‘The Impact of Gaisce – The President’s Award on young adults in Irish prisons.

This report provides a qualitative evaluation of ‘Gaisce – The President’s Award’ for young adults in Irish prisons.
Building on previous research on Gaisce, this report makes space for a vulnerable and marginalised group to provide their own feedback on the programme they participate in while in custody. Both strengths and limitations in undertaking a positive youth development programme in prison are identified, and recommendations detailed.

To download a copy of the qualitative evaluation report, click here (PDF).

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