|dc.identifier.citation||Reddy, J. and Canavan, J. (2017) The Evaluation of the Mol an Óige Common Sense Parenting Programme. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway.||en_IE
|dc.description.abstract||The researchers are grateful to all who contributed to this study and especially the CSP Facilitators
who carried out the quantitative data collection, and the parents who kindly gave out their time in
completing questionnaires. Thanks to the CSP Steering Committee for their support in conducting
this research and especially Liam White, Georgina Kilcoyne and Martina O’Kane for their organisational
support. Special thanks to our reviewers Dr Allyn Fives, Dr Bernadine Brady and Dr Lisa Moran, and
Eileen Flannery and Gillian Browne for their administrative support.||en_IE
|dc.description.sponsorship||The Mol an Óige Common Sense Parenting (CSP) programme is a parent-training intervention. Its
purpose is to teach parents practical and effective ways to enhance their parenting skills and strengthen
their children’s potential and quality of life. First implemented in Co. Mayo and Co. Roscommon in 2009,
CSP targets a mix of the general parent/guardian population and other at-risk groups. The programme
has an interagency focus and operates under the guidance of a multidisciplinary steering committee.
CSP is delivered by two trained facilitators in six weekly two-hour workshops to parents/guardians with
children aged 6 to 16 years and in seven weekly two-hour workshops to those with children aged 2 to
This evaluation assessed the effectiveness of CSP for improving participant parenting, child behaviour
and the quality of family relationships. Using a mixed method, quasi-experimental research design, the
study evaluated CSP implementation processes and outcomes between January 2015 and June 2016.
Outcome data was gathered from programme participants using a number of standardised research
tools administered by CSP programme facilitators at pre-, post-programme and follow-up time points.
Qualitative research data gathered in individual, group and focus group interviews with a range of CSP
stakeholders provided process information and some outcome data. In addition, a CSP practitioner
survey and a CSP Participant Evaluation Form provided a mix of quantitative and qualitative research
data relating to the process of implementing CSP and the perceived outcomes of the programme.
This research provides evidence of the success of the CSP programme in an Irish context. Both qualitative
and quantitative findings suggest that core components of the programme involve both the teaching of
effective parenting skills and the enhancement of participants’ confidence through the group process.
The study found consistent positive changes, and changes maintained over time, on child behaviour
and parenting and no significant negative changes. Statistically significant pre- and post-programme
improvements in total scores were recorded in all four standardised research tools used to assess child
behaviour and parenting styles and well-being.
CSP is responding to a specific need for parenting and family support in Co. Mayo and Co. Roscommon.
The programme equips participants with practical and effective skills which they can use to improve
their parenting and family relationships. In addition, research evidence suggests that a partnership
approach can be successful in the implementation of a programme that mixes universal and targeted
parenting support, as significant success was enjoyed in engaging practitioners, recruiting parents and
improving outcomes for children and families.||en_IE
|dc.publisher||UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway||en_IE
|dc.rights||Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland||
|dc.subject||Mol an Óige||en_IE
|dc.subject||Common Sense Parenting Programme||en_IE
|dc.title||The evaluation of the Mol an Óige common sense parenting programme||en_IE
|dc.local.contact||John Canavan, Dept. Of Pol.Sci. & Soc., Arts/Science Building, Nui, Galway. 5397 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||