Welcome to the Preparing For Life Evaluation Website

Preparing for Life is a community-led initiative operated by the Northside Partnership in North Dublin which is being evaluated over a 6-year period by the UCD Geary Institute under the direction of Dr. Orla Doyle. The PFL programme aims to improve levels of school readiness in several designated disadvantaged areas of Dublin, beginning during pregnancy and lasting until the children start school.

The purpose of the programme is to help parents develop skills to help their children in five domains of school readiness:

  • cognitive development
  • physical health and motor skills
  • social, emotional & behavioural development
  • approaches to learning
  • language development and literacy

The programme is being evaluated using a mixed methods approach incorporating both a longitudinal experimental design and a process evaluation.


For the final results from the PFL evaluation click here