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2004-2013 Impact Report

October 1, 2014

This first and final report of the ONE Foundation sets out the story of ONE over it's ten-year lifespan. Section 2 describes the key decisions that shaped ONE and how these unfolded over time. Section 3 outlines the goals, strategies and outcomes of the four programmes we chose to invest in, and highlights what we believe was achieved through our funds and efforts. Section 4 gives examples of initiatives we undertook that didn't seem to fit in, and yet played an important role in the end. Section 5 describes what we did to plan for and support exit from long-term grantees during difficult economic times. Perhaps most importantly, section 6 outlines the lessons we learned. We are happy to share what we believe were the key drivers of our successes (and failures) so that the next generation of philanthropists and social changemakers can benefit from our experience. Section 7 sums up ONE's legacy, if there is one. We can hardly ever agree on that at ONE.

Daring Voices

October 22, 2013

This evaluation analyses the outcomes and impact of The One Foundation's investments in NGOs working in the Irish policy context to advance the following advocacy goals: i) make children's rights real; ii) make immigrant rights real; iii) build political will on mental health in Ireland. In a ten-year timeframe, 2004-13, The One Foundation (OF) invested €75 million, of which approximately €15 million (20%) supported direct advocacy work. The report draws on meetings with OF Team and Advisory Board members, interviews with grantees and 'bellwethers' (key informants with insights into the policy change process), and desk research (OF and grantee records). The evaluation uses a case study approach and a common framework of analysis to assess effectiveness in the three policy areas with a focus on how the work contributed to incremental wins towards achievement of ultimate advocacy goals.

Making Immigrant Rights Real

June 17, 2013

This is an overview of Ireland's changed migration landscape, followed by a description of The One Foundation's (OF) thinking on measures to effect change in response to a growing immigrant population, and the investments made to achieve its goal -- to make immigrant rights real in Ireland. A case study of an investment in the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) follows to provide a deeper understanding of some advocacy approaches taken, their impact, and lessons learned.

Minority Children Fund: Evaluation Report

February 1, 2009

This reports evaluates the efforts of The Minority Children Fund in Ireland. The Minority Children Fund is a one-year, once-off, grant scheme to support the inclusion of minority children in the activities and services of youth and sports organisations. The fund was set up and distributed in 2007. Seventeen organisations throughout Ireland were awarded a grant to promote the inclusion of minority children in their activities during 2008/9. A total of €525,735 was distributed in two funding streams: large grants and small grants. Three organisations received large grants amounting to €285,050 in total, equivalent to 54% of the fund. Fourteen organisations received small grants amounting to €240,685 in total, equivalent to 46% of the fund.In view of these two funding streams, it was decided to separately evaluate each stream while nevertheless providing an integrated summary and conclusion. As a result, the report is divided into four parts:Part One: Context for the EvaluationPart Two: Evaluation of Large GranteesPart Three: Evaluation of Small GranteesPart Four: Summary and Conclusion.

The Equality of Care of Separated Children in Ireland: Report to The One Foundation

June 1, 2007

This study sets out to answer four questions. (1) Why the response to separated children differs to that offered to Irish children in need of state care. (2) Whether equal treatment with Irish children in the care of the state would represent a significant improvement in the lives of separated children. (3) If equal treatment is an appropriate aspiration what are the barriers to achieving this in relation to policy, administration, practice or system issues? (4) How might a funder or NGO intervene effectively to improve the situation?

Educational Disadvantage in Ireland

July 1, 2004

This report discusses various ways to measure educational disadvantage. The precise way in which educational disadvantage is measured also influences the type of targets set to address it. The National Anti-Poverty Strategy has set three key targets in the area of educational disadvantage: Educational disadvantage is a significant problem at all levels of the education system and is influenced by the characteristics of families, schools, neighbourhoods and by broader public policies. There is a substantial amount of activity which is endeavouring to address educational disadvantage in Ireland. However, relatively little is known about what works, and this suggests that projects with the potential to produce lessons about effectiveness would be particularly worth considering. Outlined are a selection of project ideas which address educational disadvantage from which lessons may be learned about effective ways of doing this work.

The Changing Face of The Family in Ireland: Parenting Issues

January 1, 2004

This report examines family policy in Ireland, highlighting the substantial amount of service activity which are currently supporting families and, at the same time, the general awareness that significant gaps exist in services. Consequently, Mckeown and Clarke outline a selection of project ideas which might be used to fill some of these gaps, particularly with regard to supporting parents. These are based on a consideration of the statutory initiatives in place, some broadly focussed voluntary organisations and voluntary activity at local level.

Integrating New Communities - Challenging Racism

January 1, 2004

In this report, the needs of new people hoping to settle in Ireland, and how these are responded to, provides the context in which racism in Ireland can be considered and one in which to identify opportunities where funding could make an important difference. This research considers the patterns of migration to Ireland and the likely future trends with reference to the particular groups of people who are choosing Ireland as a country in which to make a new life. Furthermore, this research explores what is known about racism in Ireland, and the initiatives currently being undertaken to combat racism are set out.

Male Mental Health in Ireland

January 1, 2004

The prevalence of mental illness can be difficult to measure accurately and estimates often rely on the numbers using services, a notoriously risky method of assessment because the people who use services are often not truly reflective of the total population for whom the particular was designed. This is particularly the case with male mental illness because of the well-documented reluctance of men to use health services for either physical or mental illness. This report discusses how the mental health needs of men are generally understood and how services have responded to them, drawing particularly on developments within Ireland. Identified are some of the key challenges in this area by highlighting some of the gaps in services and some of the opportunities which these offer.

Options and Recommendations for a Funding Strategy in Vietnam

December 1, 2003

Vietnam over the last 10-15 years has made enormous gains in poverty reduction. Most people have benefited from high economic growth rates. However, overall it is still a relatively poor country in terms of per capita income and the gap between the poorest and the majority of the population is widening. This report provides an overview on poverty and development in Vietnam. Identified are areas where the Trust can maximise impact within Vietnam. Additionally, recommendations are provided on the next steps for Programme Implementation.