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Evaluating Parent Education and Support Programs: State and Local Examples
This section provides resources that offer examples of program evaluations and provide information on how to evaluate the effectiveness of parent education and support programs.
Building the Evidence for Circle of Parents® as a Model for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Participant Characteristics, Experiences and Outcomes (PDF - 1480 KB)
Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida
Prevention Brief, 1(1), 2007
Highlights the outcomes of the Circle of Parents program based on evaluations of programs in Florida, Minnesota, and Washington.
Evaluation of the Statewide Implementation of a Parent Education Program in Louisiana's Child Welfare Agency: The Nurturing Parenting Program for Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-School Children: Final Evaluation Report (PDF - 915 KB)
Hodnett, Faulk, Dellinger, & Maher (2009)
Reports on changes in parental attitude pre- and postintervention, incidences of postintervention child maltreatment, parental attendance and satisfaction, and implementation costs.
Evaluation Shows Parent Training Program Holds Promise for a Child Welfare Population (PDF - 96 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2010)
Presents the results of a recent outcome and implementation evaluation involving staff and 24 caregivers at two agencies in New York State that used the evidence-based program, The Incredible Years Parent Training Program.
Minnesota Parent Support Outreach Program Evaluation: Final Report (PDF - 683 KB)
Loman, Shannon, Sapokaite, & Siegel (2009)
Describes the implementation of a project designed to provide voluntary preventive services to families reported to Minnesota's child protective services whose reports were “screened out.” The evaluation addresses the characteristics of families, services delivered, service participation, and outcomes.
Nurturing the Families of Hawaii: Nurturing Parenting Skills for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: Final Report 2008-2009 (PDF - 29 KB)
Describes a statewide parenting project in Hawaii and presents evaluation results on the number of families served and outcomes related to participation, demographics, parenting practices and expectations, and more.
An Online Reporting System for Evaluating Multi-Site Parenting Education Programs
Peters & Bowman
Journal of Extension, 46(3), 2008
Describes the need, development, and implementation of an online reporting system to collect cluster evaluation data on parent education programs in 18 rural communities throughout Oregon and Northern California's Siskiyou County. The article includes tips for others interested in developing and implementing online reporting systems for evaluation purposes.