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Collaborative Designs to Assess Holistic Support for Families 

10-25-2016 12:45

The poster was shared at the 2016 AEA Conference which focused on the integration of evaluation and design. 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.

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