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ASD research - QUB needs your views


 BASE Project
(Benchmarking Autism Services Efficacy)

The School of Education at QUB wish to find out how effective current government policies and strategies are at delivering the services needed and wanted by you and hope to be able to inform policy makers, professionals, individuals with autism, and parent/carers about these important issues.

If you decide to take part you will meet the researchers for an interview at a place which is convenient for you, and you will be asked about your experiences and views on support services in education. It should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete, and you can withdraw at any point if you change your mind. All information that is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential (except as might be required by law) and any information about you will have your name removed so that you cannot be recognised from it.

Would like to take part? or find out more about the project, please e-mail the research team at:

 [email protected]

If you would like to talk to a member of the project before deciding, please e-mail with your contact number or ring Lyn at 028 29541991/Julie-Ann at 028 90973177

Please feel free to pass this call for participants to colleagues who may be interested.

BASE (Benchmarking Autism Services Efficacy), a project funded by OFMDFM


Principal Investigator: Professor Karola Dillenburger

School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast,

69-71 University Street,

Belfast BT7 1NN

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 02890975985


In Northern Ireland the new Autism Act (NI) 2011 mandates the development of a cross-departmental autism strategy within 2 years of the Act coming into force. Broadly speaking the BASE project aims to offer a detailed baseline measure against which valid comparisons can be made when the autism strategy is implemented. By doing this it addresses the aims of the OFMDFM Equality and Social Need Research programme. More specifically the research aims are to identify and define clearly the issues that arise from the rising rates of ASD and co-occurring conditions.

To date, in conjunction with ARK, the BASE project has designed a module on autism for the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, which has now been completed results are available at . A comprehensive literature review is currently being undertaken, and from December of this year the project team will seek to engage with a number of key stakeholders (individuals with autism, their carers, service providers, employers and policy makers) using several methods of qualitative data capture. A further part of the remit of this project will be to conduct secondary analysis of existing datasets which hold Northern Ireland data on autism and draw this together for wider use.


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