Evidence of Effectiveness and Measurement Tools

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

Active Parenting of Teens is the original, English-language edition of Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes. Click on the links below to view research conducted on Active Parenting of Teens.

2006 Field Study Results

Listed in California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)

Active Parenting: An Evaluation of Two Adlerian Parent Education Programs

Draft report on Active Parenting of Teens project

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.


  • Listed in Penn State Clearinghouse of Military Family Readiness (includes 1,2,3,4 Parents, the original version of Active Parenting: First Five Years, as well as Active Parenting and Active Parenting of Teens). Click to view the Clearinghouse listing.


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


Measurement tools

Surveys for the Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes class

This questionnaire and scoring key for measuring behavior can be used to provide proof of the effectiveness of your parenting classes.

Formulario de evaluación de clase de Paternidad Activa

(can be used for any Active Parenting class) Use this form in Spanish to collect information from parents about what they liked and what needs improvement in your classes.

Use este formulario para obtener información de los padres sobre lo que les agradó y lo que debe mejorar en sus clases. Este formulario se puede usar para cualquier clase de Paternidad Activa —solo debe adaptarlo a sus necesidades. Haga clic para descargar el Formulario de evaluación de clase de Paternidad Activa.