Measuring success

Measuring the success of your positive parenting activity allows you to check how you have gone against the objectives that you set at the start.

You are required to specify at least two process and two impact measures for each activity in your Community Action Plan.

Positive parenting activities may aim to influence outcomes relating to the child, parent, family or community. Some activities will address outcomes across a number of categories.

For example, a program that teaches parents skills in playing with their child in order to improve a child’s listening skills would be categorised as having outcomes in relation to both child behaviour (child outcome) and parent–child relationship (family outcome).[1]

Some examples of the process and tools to measure the success of positive parenting activities are provided below. You may find these a useful starting point for measuring the impact of your activity.

Your measures of success should align with the objectives of your activity.

Useful resources: Measuring your success

Process measures • Engage with (xx number) community organisations within (xx time) months, to increase their knowledge of the importance of evidence-based positive parenting
• Engage with (xx number) community organisations within (xx time) months, to link them to evidence-based positive parenting activities
• Work with (xx number) community organisations over (xx time) months, to strengthen their existing positive parenting activities
• Work with (xx number) community organisations and expert to deliver (xx number) positive parenting sessions within (insert time) months
• Work with (insert number) community organisations to promote local positive parenting activities to parents, grandparents and family members in the (xx name) community within (insert time) months
• Work with (xx number) community organisations within (xx time) months, to deliver evidence informed promotional materials to increase parents, grandparents and family members access to positive parenting information
• Work with (xx number) community organisations within (xx time) months, to distribute evidencebased information on positive parenting to parents, grandparents and family members in the (xx name) community.
Impact measures Post positive parenting activity or information session.
As a result of participating in the positive parenting activity or information session:
• (insert number) parent/grandparents/family members demonstrated an increase in knowledge on positive parenting
• As a result of participating in the information session, (insert number) participants report an increase in the belief that positive parenting is important in improving child outcomes, parent/child interaction, as well as parent/family outcomes related to wellbeing and family relationships
• As a result of participating in the positive parenting activity, (insert number) participants report improvements in parent/child interaction, as well as parent/family outcomes related to wellbeing and family relationships.
Short-term impacts positive parenting activity or information session (one month after)
• As a result of participating in the positive parenting activity, (insert number) participants report improvements in parent/child interaction, as well as parent/family outcomes related to wellbeing and family relationships.
Longer-term impacts positive parenting activity or information session (six months after)
• As a result of participating in the positive parenting activity, (insert number) participants report ongoing improvements in parent/child interaction, as well as parent/family outcomes related to wellbeing and family relationships.
Tools to measure success • Feedback sheets or questionnaires (pre and post)
• Surveys
• Interviews
• Verbal feedback from participants and facilitators
• Notes taken by a dedicated note taker
• Partnerships analysis

Next steps

Other things you can do to support parents in your community:

  1. Work with your community partners to deliver an Alcohol and Pregnancy activity: see the Alcohol and Pregnancy toolkit
  2. Participate in a community liquor licensing activity: see Community Liquor Licensing toolkit for WA, SA, ACT, and QLD.
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