Authors: Dr Samantha Flynn, Daniel Sutherland
Organisation: Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), University of Warwick
This is the interim report from the evaluation of the Parent Child+ programme’s delivery in England. The programme runs for about 15 months and consists of 46 weeks of twice-weekly visits (92 visits).
The quantitative data reported is from four outcome measures; two completed by the Parent Child+ home visitors (Parent and Child Together [PACT], Child Behaviour Traits [CBT]), one completed by Health Visitors (Ages and Stages questionnaire [ASQ]), and one completed by the parents (Being a Parent [BAP] questionnaire).
Qualitative data comprised interviews with one area coordinator, five home visitors, ten parents, and three Early Years managers or staff. The qualitative data provide rich, contextualised information about the delivery of the programme which is a useful basis for learning, and these data will be augmented by the quantitative data.
It is important to note that some of the data presented in this report was collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parent Child+ continued to be delivered to families throughout the pandemic, but delivery moved online during the lockdowns, with some sessions in between being undertaken in open public spaces (e.g., local parks). The pandemic may, therefore, have impacted on elements of the data collection process (e.g., fewer returned questionnaires), as well as the way families received and responded to the programme delivery.