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.
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.
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.
This study presents findings from a national evaluation of the Active Parenting First Five Years (FFY) program, a group-based parent education program which utilizes a video-supported curriculum and is designed to promote responsive parenting and healthy development in children under the age of five, with a unique emphasis on the mental states (i.e., mindfulness, executive function) and well-being of parents. The sample for this study consisted of 213 primary caregivers between the ages of 18 and 81 (Mdn = 30) with 61% mothers, 44% racial minority, 61% partnered, and 81% identified as low-income. Pre- to post-test findings showed significant increases in caregiver reported responsive parenting, developmental knowledge, parenting efficacy, mindfulness, overall child behavior, child prosocial behavior, and decreased parenting stress. Using an innovative Inclusive Randomized Controlled Trial method to establish treatment (N = 66) and comparison (N = 66) study groups, group differences indicative of program effects were detected for parenting outcomes of caregiver reported mindfulness, parenting efficacy, and parenting stress. Findings from this study using the whole sample also suggest that parents who increase their use of mindfulness practices perceive associated changes in their child’s behavior, specifically in areas related to conduct problems. Further considering parents’ mental states, enhanced developmental knowledge and parenting efficacy were shown to predict lower perceived levels of parenting stress across the program. Taken together, these findings illustrate initial effectiveness of the FFY program, as well as emphasize the need for parental well-being to receive increased consideration in parenting intervention designs and curricula.
Q. How is Active Parenting: First Five Years (FFY) a research-based parenting curriculum?
A. Though the new research for FFY is still in the process of being accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal, there are a number of ways that FFY currently qualifies as a research-based program:
Q. When do you expect that the curriculum would be considered a fully research-based curriculum?
A. The team of researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) who worked with Active Parenting to conduct the nationwide research study has submitted their research article for publication by a peer-reviewed journal and is currently awaiting final acceptance for publication. We expect to be able to be able to announce a publication date very soon so that those needing publication in a peer-reviewed journal will have it. However, the evidence of effectiveness found in this study conducted by a major U.S. research institution (OSU) also speaks for itself.
This questionnaire may be used free of charge to provide evidence of your program’s effectiveness.
Use this form to collect information from parents about what they liked and what needs improvement in your classes.