In 2002 the Clondalkin Partnership commissioned Maynooth University to conduct research on potential community response to children’s social, behavioural and educational needs in the disadvantaged area of Clondalkin. This research identified a gap in effective, evidence based interventions for at risk children. The Incredible Years Programme was subsequently indentified as one of eleven international blueprint evidence based programmes the may be able to address children’s needs using a community based approach.

A grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies enabled Clondalkin Partnership to pilot Incredible Years. In 2006, a research study into the effects of the Basic Parent Programme in Clondalkin demonstrated positive, clinical significant results in reducing children’s aggression and behavioural problems and in improving social competence at home and in school.

In 2007 Atlantic Philanthropies supported Clondalkin Partnership to set up Archways as a national organisation to promote the rollout and evaluation of the Incredible Years Programme in Ireland.