Thank you for being an early adopter of our newest curriculum,
Active Parenting: First Five Years. We are excited about the
feedback we have already received from many of you, and we hope
that the program will serve you and the families you reach with
it for many years to come.
As you know, it is more important than ever to provide evidence
of effectiveness for what we do in parenting education. Some
of you depend on this for funding. All of us benefit from adding
to the scientific base of parenting education. For these reasons
I am asking for your participation in our national study on the
effectiveness of this groundbreaking program.
We are fortunate to be working with an experienced group of
researchers from Oklahoma State University (OSU) to make sure
this effort is conducted according to the rigorous standards
of groups like NREPP and other important lists. The OSU team
has selected a short battery of reliable and valid measures which
we ask that you administer to parents twice: as a Pre-Survey
at the beginning of Session 1 and as a Post-Survey at the end
of Session 4. Each time should only take about 15 minutes.
We also need your help in providing a control group for the
study. This would require that you conduct an Orientation session
and administer a Control Survey 3 to 4 weeks before your Five
Years class begins. You would not be able to present any
program content to parents until Session 1. We understand that
having a control group may not be feasible for everyone, so it
is not a requirement for participation in the study. But those
of you who can participate with a control group will enjoy the
best of our participation incentives!
And now about those participation
Both leaders and parents can earn them by completing steps
in the study process.
Incentives for the leader include:
- Free parent's guides for your next class
- $50 in Active Parenting store credit (for control group participation)
Incentives for parents include:
- A $15 Amazon.com gift card
- A $10 bonus on their gift cards (for control group participants)
See full details
about participation incentives here.
If you are interested in participating in the study with an
upcoming First Five Years group, please follow this link and fill out the online form:
This form is not a binding agreement. It will simply alert
us to your interest in participating in the study and provide
us with a way of getting in touch with you.
You will need your own Active Parenting: First Five Years program
kit in order to participate in the study. We will send you a
Study Packet that contains everything else you will need. You
will be able to use your group's individual survey results for
your own program evaluation, and we will also send you a copy
of the overall field test results.
Thank you again for choosing Active Parenting: First Five Years
as part of your parenting education efforts. I hope you will
join us in building an evidence base for this program that will
help make it available to all who need it.
Dr. Michael H. Popkin
Founder and President
Active Parenting Publishers