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New Resource from FRP Canada--What Works for Whom?

FRP Canada is pleased to release a new resource that focuses on promising practices when offering parenting education.

This research makes the case that how a program is offered to parents is at least as important as what the program is about. When research studies claim to measure the impact of parenting programs and don't take sufficient account of the process that was used when offering the program, they may be missing important elements.

What Works for Whom?  (, PDF 677 KB) presents findings from an extensive literature review conducted by Betsy Mann in 2006. This work was supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The original review has been supplemented by comments from family support practitioners based on their own experience and has been updated with recent references.

What Works for Whom? focuses especially on  practices that have been found to be effective with parents who are living in challenging circumstances. Topics include

  1. reasons for offering parenting education,
  2. theories behind parenting education,
  3. populations served,
  4. timing of program delivery and
  5. implementation practices, such as getting participants to come and keep coming; helping participants to engage, learn and apply what they have learned; and helping participants to sustain their learning.

The report also includes an insightful discussion about the pros and cons of different research methods, a lengthy annotated bibliography and a comprehensive list of references. We hope you will find this a useful resource in your work. You are invited to provide feedback to