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Ennals, Kate (2007) Evaluation of the pilot Community and Voluntary Sector Research Grant Scheme 2001-2005. Dublin: National Advisory Committee on Drugs.

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The Evaluation Report of the NACD Community and Voluntary Sector Research Grant Scheme (CVRGS) shows how the CVRGS was a very “positive experience”1 for the four community organisations that were successful in producing a final research report:
• Ballymun Youth Action Project (BYAP)
• Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP)
• Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI)
• Tallaght Homelessness Advice Unit (THAU).

The CVRGS was successful in producing four qualitative and innovative research reports:
• Benzodiazepines – whose little helper? (BYAP)
• A prevalence study of drug use by young people in a mixed suburban area. Kilbarrack Coast Community Project, (KCCP)
• Drug use among new communities in Ireland: an exploratory study, (MQI)
• Heroin – The mental roof over your head, (THAU).

The community methodologies used were varied and, particularly in Ballymun, enabled widespread learning and participation through the local community. The new information, documentation and evidence acquired as a result of each of the research reports has led to revised policies at local level in Ballymun, South Inner City, Kilbarrack and Tallaght and new policy solutions are currently being developed and promoted by the community organisations.

However, the community organisations need more support to enable them to promote the research reports amongst policy makers, in order to influence national policy, and the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) needs to strengthen this aspect of the grant scheme.

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