Wexford Local Development has developed a number of case studies to demonstrate how SICAP is implemented and the impact the programme has on individuals and communities across Co. Wexford.

These stories form part of a series of qualitative research projects overseen by Pobal and the Department of Rural & Community Development from 2018 onward.

University of the South End: Developing People, Changing Communities – October 2019

This video case study, featuring a Goal 1 project, tells the story of how SICAP has worked with a local Family Resource Centre to bring third level Community Development education directly into a disadvantaged area in Wexford town, providing on the job training opportunities for students and building the technological capacity of the centre to deliver an immersive learning experience.

The SICAP target group featured are people living in disadvantaged communities.

Read full textual narrative: University of the South End WLD SICAP Case Study 2019 Narrative

The University of the South End; Developing People, Changing Communities - SICAP 2018

Collaboration at work in Courtown/Riverchapel – October 2018

One of the core principles of SICAP 2018-2022 is collaboration and the ability to utilise the resources from the SICAP programme to work with other stakeholders.

In our 2018 written case study we have highlighted how we have taken the lead in developing a collaborative response to addressing social exclusion and in building community capacity in the Courtown/Riverchapel area of north Co. Wexford.

Read full text Case Study – Collaboration in Courtown/Riverhchapel in 2018

More SICAP 2018 Stories

In late 2018 we documented three local projects at community level in order to highlight how SICAP actually impacts at grass-roots level.

These videos tell three different stories and formed part of a social media campaign in December 2018 generating awareness of the programme locally.

Wexford Working Men's Club - SICAP 2018

Taghmon Community Enhancement Programme project - SICAP 2018

Enniscorthy Women's Shed - SICAP 2018

It is widely acknowledged that it is difficult to demonstrate impact, particularly when applying community development approaches.

‘Hard’ outcomes can be more readily demonstrated, for example if someone is assisted to find work or completes a lifelong learning course this outcome is is clear to see and can be reported as such. Often however, engaging with people, communities and groups results in ‘soft’ change which is more challenging to establish and to provide supporting evidence. These types of outcomes lend themselves to being demonstrated and evaluated through qualitative research and case studies such as those featured above.