Paying Dividends: A Report on The Atlantic Philanthropies Investment in Ireland (2016)
This study examines The Atlantic Philanthropies investment in dementia in Ireland and its impact on the lives of people with dementia and their families, focusing mainly on investments made between 2011 and 2015. The report discusses Atlantic’s €33 million direct investment in dementia in Ireland, the monies leveraged, the scope of this investment and the context in which this investment was made. It discussed the impact that Atlantic’s dementia programme had in practice in helping to transform care for people with dementia wishing to remain in their own homes and its impact on policy, particularly with regard to the National Dementia Strategy. Each of the grantees are presented, with the report pointing out that collaboration among grantees was central to Atlantic’s investment programme in dementia. The various activities supported by the grants are discussed under five major themes within dementia: brain health; advocacy and awareness; education and training; measurement, research and evaluation; and service transformation. The report outlines the implications the programme has internationally and its legacy in Ireland is that there has been a paradigm shift in policy towards personhood and the social model of care linked to evidence-based research and evaluation.
O’Shea, E. and Carney, P. (2017) Paying Dividends: A Report on The Atlantic Philanthropies Investment in Dementia in Ireland, Galway: Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia, National University of Ireland, Galway.