The aim of this collaboration was to develop a research agenda for building practice based evidence about parenting and early childhood interventions through program evaluation.
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
Collaborative seed funding from the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth supported the joint collaboration involving RMIT, The Benevolent Society, the Parenting Research Centre and the Centre for Community Child Health.
A 2-day workshop brought together researchers and practitioners with a range of perspectives to explore evaluation issues in parenting and early childhood programs, to identify priorities for longer term and more in depth collaborative research and to identify opportunities for collaborative research to build capacity for learning from practice. Practice based evidence is important for: learning about how to effectively translate evidence into practice; identifying and understanding innovative approaches; taking into account the impact of family values and priorities; and identifying differential outcomes for sub-groups of program participants.