Collaborative Designs to Assess Holistic Support for Families

Session Number: 2258
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Poster
Tags: collaboration, collaborative evaluation, community based organization, literacy, Mixed-Methods Evaluation, mobile, Non-Profit, parenting
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ashlan Allison [Evaluation Coordinator - Families First Parenting Programs]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Gretchen Biesecker [Principal Consultant - Bee's Knees Consulting LLC]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Maureen O'Brien [Director of Curriculum and Evaluation - Families First Parenting Programs]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
Room: Poster 139

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Traditional parenting education workshop program models focus on parents and rely heavily on survey designs. In recent years, evaluators have validated strengths-based models, such as Healthy Families, that work with parents and their children. In this poster, we share a new program design and evaluation that engaged five organizations to support parents and their children within a housing project, focused on collective positive outcomes for families. While preschool-aged children received literacy tutoring from an AmeriCorps program, parents participated in parenting education workshops and classes on nutrition, wellness, and exercise.  Parents also used a new mobile app designed to connect them to local community resources and to track parenting strategies they learned and other activities in between sessions for reward points. Our mixed-methods evaluation design included data from parent surveys, a measure of children’s literacy development, and the app to explore outcomes and see which activities and learning parents used.