Research and research tools

Join the First Five Years field study to determine the effectiveness of your classes.

We are now conducting the first national study on the effectiveness of this groundbreaking program. By participating, you will be adding to the scientific base of parenting education. Incentives include free Parent’s Guides, APP store credit, and Amazon gift cards. You will also be able to use your individual survey results for your own program evaluation, and we will send you a copy of the overall field test results.
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• FAQ •

Q. How is Active Parenting: First Five Years (FFY) a research-based parenting curriculum?
A. Even though FFY is a new program and the national field testing is still underway, there are a number of ways that FFY currently qualifies as a research-based program:

  1. It is the revision of the 1,2,3,4 Parents! program that showed significant positive outcomes in a study by Donna G Knauth, Ph.D., RNC, of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey College of Nursing: “The Effect of a Family-of-Origin Genogram and Parenting Intervention on Adolescent Mothers’ Level of Differentiation of Self and Parenting Attitudes.” (Click here for the abstract of that study.)
  2. Like 1,2,3,4 Parents!, FFY is based on the Active Parenting family of programs and uses the Active Parenting model. There are over 20 studies showing evidence of effectiveness for these programs and listings on NREPP and other lists of evidence-based programs.
  3. Active Parenting author Dr. Michael Popkin teamed with three experts in child development at Oklahoma State University in developing FFY to make sure that the latest research in child development and safety were included in the program.

Q. When do you expect that the curriculum would be considered a fully research-based curriculum?
A. We are currently working with the same team of researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) to conduct a nationwide research study to provide ongoing evidence of effectiveness using the most rigorous research methods. We expect to have the first wave of results ready within a year (spring 2018).

Q. How can our agency participate in the research project for this curriculum? We are interested in receiving information on how we may be a pilot research program.
A. Most funding sources do allow time for users of promising new programs to collect evidence of effectiveness locally while awaiting national studies to be completed. We have made it easy for you to do this in two ways:

  1. We will provide all participants in the national study with the measurement tools to collect pre- and post-test data free of charge.
  2. In addition, OSU will provide statistical analysis of your own data for your local funders, as well as a copy of the national data when it is complete.

To learn more about participating in this free national research study, go to this webpage:

Click here to download a printable PDF document of this page.