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The impact of the Family Start home visiting programme on outcomes for mothers and children : a quasi-experimental study Rhema Vaithianathan, Moira Wilson, Tim Maloney and Sarah Baird

By: Vaithianathan, Rhema.
Contributor(s): Wilson, Moira | Maloney, Tim | Baird, Sarah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Ministry of Social Development, 2016Description: electronic document (99 pages); PDF file: MB; Doc file available.Subject(s): CHILD DEVELOPMENT | EVALUATION | FAMILIES | HAUORA WHĀNAU | HOME-BASED FAMILY SERVICES | INTERVENTION | MĀORI | MĀTUA | PACIFIC PEOPLES | PARENTING | PASIFIKA | PROGRAMMES | SOCIAL SERVICES | TOKO I TE ORA | WHĀNAU | NEW ZEALAND | PREVENTION | CHILD ABUSEOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website Summary: A number of studies and reviews of Family Start have been conducted over the years. These have tended to find that families selected to be interviewed value the programme. But they have also highlighted variation in practice and performance across providers. None of these previous studies has been able to establish the effectiveness of Family Start in improving outcomes. This new study was commissioned to fill that gap. The results indicate that the enhanced Family Start programme that was phased in to new areas between 2005 and 2007 was associated with statistically significant positive impacts in a number of domains. Positive impacts are found for Family Start children overall, and for Māori and Pacific children who participated in the programme. (From the website). An evidence brief and a FAQ page can also be found on the website. Record #4964
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A number of studies and reviews of Family Start have been conducted over the years. These have tended to find that families selected to be interviewed value the programme. But they have also highlighted variation in practice and performance across providers. None of these previous studies has been able to establish the effectiveness of Family Start in improving outcomes. This new study was commissioned to fill that gap.

The results indicate that the enhanced Family Start programme that was phased in to new areas between 2005 and 2007 was associated with statistically significant positive impacts in a number of domains.

Positive impacts are found for Family Start children overall, and for Māori and Pacific children who participated in the programme. (From the website). An evidence brief and a FAQ page can also be found on the website. Record #4964

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