Evidence of Effectiveness and Measurement Tools

The Christian Active Parenting program is based on Active Parenting, an evidence-based program.

Providing evidence of effectiveness of our program work has become increasingly important to all of us. Funding sources often require it, and even when they don’t, we can agree that when we take time to evaluate what works and what doesn’t, we see improved results from our efforts to strengthen families and children. Active Parenting demonstrates its commitment to scientific rigor by providing access to our own studies published in peer reviewed journals, sharing other independent research on AP programs, and by offering the free use of our program evaluation surveys to leaders.

Over 35 Years of Evidence: Active Parenting Works!


Read and download our summary of 19 studies that span more than 35 years of Active Parenting history and provide strong scientific evidence of the efficacy of the Active Parenting model.


Click here to read abstracts of all the studies in the Active Parenting evidence base.

2006 Field Study Results

We have completed an extensive national field study of Active Parenting and Active Parenting of Teens providing evidence of effectiveness for these research-based programs.

Research results

Christian Active Parenting is derived from the Active Parenting 4th Ed. program. See below for research conducted on the Active Parenting programs.

Active Parenting 4th Ed.

Research for Active Parenting Now

Active Parenting Now was the third edition of this program.

Research for Active Parenting Today

Active Parenting Today was the second edition of this program.

Research for Active Parenting Discussion Program

Active Parenting Discussion Program was the first edition of this program.

Third party evidence-based websites listing the program

  • NREPP: SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) was long considered “the gold standard” for evidence-based programs. Active Parenting, Active Parenting of Teens, and Families in Action were listed as legacy programs from 2008 until NREPP was closed by SAMHSA in 2018. At that time, the current re-review of our programs had been completed and was waiting for publication. The re-review also included Active Parenting: First Five Years and Active Parenting for Stepfamilies as versions of the Active Parenting program. Click here for the program profile NREPP had completed for the review.



  • NY State OASAS (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services) Registry of Evidence-Based Programs for Prevention.


Measurement tools


This questionnaire contains three scales: Parent Observation of Child Behavior, Parent Attitudes and Beliefs, and Parent Behavior. Together, they may be used free of charge to provide evidence of your program’s effectiveness.

Active Parenting Class Evaluation Form
(can be used for any Active Parenting class)

Use this form to collect information from parents about what they liked and what needs improvement in your classes. Click to download a Word file that can be customized to meet your needs.