Family by Family

We want to see all families thrive not just survive

Our first independent evaluation report is in!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Over the past year Dr Gill Westhorpe from Community Matters has been undertaking an evaluation of Family by Family, focussing on not just if Family by Family creates change for families but how it creates change.Download the report and read it for yourself!

The report’s key findings include:

  1. Family by Family recruits families in genuine need of support – 62.5% were categorised as ‘stuck’ or ‘in and out of crisis’ and a further 30% as ‘moving on after crisis’.
  2. Family by Family improves family interaction and health.
  3. Outcomes for families improve over time – 90% said things were ‘better’ or ‘heaps better’.
  4. Family by Family’s strongest impact is in factors that are ‘internal to the individual’ – self esteem, believing one’s choices make a difference, and having a positive orientation to the future.

What these findings indicate is that our Theory of Change is effective.

The interactions and activities which make up Family by Family – our link ups, coaching sessions, camps, training & gatherings – all serve to strengthen families and create change.

Family by Family creates change by:

  1. increasing choice and control,
  2. strengthening attachment between parents and children,
  3. enabling behaviour modelling,
  4. facilitating goal setting, accountability and reflection,
  5. increasing reciprocity, and
  6. increasing practical assistance.

You can download the full evaluation report here.

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4 Responses

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  2. Vaivi Mase says:

    Sounds like an interesting concept however the evaluation in the report has noted some glaring issues such as trust, child protection and involving fathers and perhaps most problematic is that while building stronger families is important that does not address structural issues of poverty. I do look forward to the improvements, but well done.

  3. Ruth Dineen says:

    Your Message..
    amazing and inspiring project (and a great website). This needs to be replicated everywhere – I’m spreading the word across Wales for starters!

  4. Lydia says:

    Well done everyone! This is great!

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