An interesting 68 page report from Maxim on the role of effective family interventions. They have actually done an evaluation of the dufferent family intervention programmes.
Their conclusion is:
We conclude that the preferred approach to family intervention is to develop and implement programmes that are family-focused, intervene early and are targeted to children and families that are at risk or experiencing actual problems.
They evaluate seven programmes:
- Family Start
- Parents as First Teachers
- Early Start
- Whanau Toko I Te Ora
- The Parenting Programme;
- Incredible Years
- Triple P.
And their recommendations:
- Three programmes should be further implemented and funded: Early Start, the Incredible Years and Triple P.
- A comprehensive review of exemplary, evidence-based home visitation and parent management training programmes should
be undertaken to identify other programmes that might be suitable for implementation and funding in New Zealand.
- Funding should be carefully allocated. Existing funding from unproven and/or ineffective programmes like Family Start and Parents as First Teachers should be reallocated to evidence-based programmes.
Continued funding should be conditional on programmes continuing to demonstrate that they are effective and delivered with fidelity.