Parenting support for every parent: a population-level evaluation of Triple P in Longford Westmeath. Final Report
Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse
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Fives, A., Pursell, L., Heary, C., Nic Gabhainn, S. and Canavan, J. (2014) Parenting support for every parent: A population-level evaluation of Triple P in Longford Westmeath. Final Report. Athlone: Longford Westmeath Parenting Partnership (LWPP).
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme (called hereafter ‘Triple P’) is a multi-level public health approach to parenting. It was implemented in the Longford Westmeath region by a partnership comprising nine organisations, the Longford Westmeath Parenting Partnership (LWPP). The Triple P Programme was targeted at parents of children aged 3-7 through the following four modes of delivery: • Level 1 – Media strategy: Health promotion and social marketing strategies targeting the entire population to promote positive parenting and increase receptivity to parenting programmes. • Level 2 – Triple P Seminars: A series of 3 individual 90-minute presentations. • Level 3 – Workshop Triple P: A series of 4 individual 2-hour workshops. • Level 4 – Group Triple P: An 8-week programme, including 5 group sessions, each of 2 hours, and 3 one-to-one telephone sessions. This is the final report in the evaluation of the implementation of Triple P in Longford Westmeath. The evaluation was a multi-method, multi-stranded study with four components: • The Parenting Study used a quasi-experimental (pre-test – post-test within-groups) design and evaluated child and parent outcomes associated with participation in Triple P. Follow-up data were collected from a sub-sample of participants. • The Population Study used a quasi-experimental (non-randomised between-groups) design, with treatment and comparison counties, and analysed the impact of Triple P at population level. • The Partnership Study used qualitative and quantitative data to explore the success of the partners in establishing the partnership and supporting delivery of the programme, as well as the learning gained from adopting a partnership approach. • The Implementation Study employed qualitative and quantitative data to analyse programme utilisation, organisation and fidelity. Data were collected from February 2010 to May 2013 as part of the Population Study; from September 2010 to December 2012 as part of the Parenting Study; from May 2011 to May 2013 as part of the Partnership Study; and from May 2011 to June 2013 as part of the Implementation Study. Documentary data from years preceding the evaluation period were also analysed. The Evaluation Team at the National University of Ireland, Galway was selected through competitive tender. The objectives of the evaluation were to address the following research questions: 1. What was the prevalence of need in the intervention counties? 2. What gains were made by programme participants for parent and child outcomes? 3. Was the Triple P Programme effective in reducing child behavioural and emotional problems and negative parental strategies, experiences and opinions? 4. How successful was the use of a partnership approach to implement an evidence-based programme using a population approach? 5. To what extent did programme delivery attain required o
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