The ‘Healthy Ireland Pre-schools’ (HIP) project is an ongoing child care intervention in the midlands which aims to evaluate pre-schools’ progress through an incentive scheme to improve pre-school nutrition practices in full day care (FDC) pre-schools. These provide care for children aged 3 months to 5 years for greater than 5 hours per day.
The project aims to encourage full day care pre-schools to follow best practice in accordance with particular guidelines given to them, over the course of a year, with the help and support of health worker (HIP Supporter) who is trained to facilitate the pre-school in the award process
Full day care pre-schools have been enrolled in the project since 2008 and in 2012-2013 have been revisited to ascertain their progress in relation to the HIP project guidelines.
It is now proposed to assess the data collected from pre-schools in the last number of years to determine pre-schools’ progress in relation to the evidence based criteria of the HIP project.
The HIP project research assistant:
The researcher will carry out the following tasks:
- Write up, submit for publication and have published an article in a pre-agreed journal such as Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition or equivalent with minimum impact factor of 1.972.
- Analyse data available from two most recent HIP audits using SPSS statistical database.
- Compare outcomes and maintenance of standards through the HIP project phases.
- Draft article, circulate for comments and submit for publication.
- Amend as necessary depending on referees comments and suggestions until journal is accepted for publication.
- Make final adjustments depending on referees and editor comments and submit for publication.
The researcher will liaise with WCDL and the Community Nutrition & Dietetic service on a regular basis with regards to progress with the project.
- Degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics form DIT/TCD or equivalent.
- Access to statistical package SPSS.
- Experience in use of SPSS package.
- Experience in research in dietetics for young people.
- Experience in writing academic articles.
- Registered as self employed ( evidence required)
- Professional indemnity insurance (evidence required)
Duration: from commencement to publication of journal article
Starting date: September 2014
Application: Tenders to be submitted to Frank Murtagh, Assistant CEO, WCDL, C/O ACT, Ball Alley Lane, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Closing Date for tender submission: Friday August 1st 2014