Research at CPS
CPS is committed to delivering evidence based programs that facilitate improved and measurable outcomes for its clients.
The agency is committed to evaluating the efficacy of its programs and has implemented a continual improvement strategy to ensure its services are of the highest quality. Further, CPS is committed to innovation and has a range of research partners that are undertaking important collaborative projects that are investigating improved models of service and programs to vulnerable children and families.
Without early intervention, vulnerable children are likely to face life-long struggles to participate and contribute at a family, community and society level.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION PROGRAM (EYEP) RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Funded by the Australian Research Council, the trial is amid two milestones with the publication of “Changing the Life Trajectories of Australia’s Most Vulnerable Children - Report No. 1 Participants in the Trial of the Early Years Education Program” (2017). The report describes the characteristics and backgrounds of child participants. In addition, the first-year data report will provide the first insight into the developmental and social outcomes for children in the trial.
EARLY INTERVENTION TRIAL PROGRAMS
CPS extended its research platform in 2017 by partnering with Melbourne University to evaluate the Caring Dads (funded by Gandel Philanthropy), Children and Mothers in Mind and Running Start trials.
KORIN KORIN EARLY YEARS PROGRAM
Funded by National Australia Bank, a new partnership with Deakin University commenced in 2017 to evaluate CPS’ Korin Korin enhanced early years’ program.
IMPROVING THE PARENTING OF FATHERS WHERE FAMILY VIOLENCE IS PRESENT
CPS is participating in the Responsible, Responsive and Reparative Fathering in the context of Domestic and Family Violence (RRRef) research project. The project aims to improve the parenting experience of children whose fathers have enacted domestic/family violence and to bring together community service providers and Government across three different program areas including men’s behavior change, culturally specific programs for Indigenous men and fathering programs that address abuse. The RRRef is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant and is being jointly conducted by the University of Melbourne, Curtin University and the University of South Australia in collaboration with 23 government and non-government organizations.
COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS
CPS’ Mentoring Mums is a volunteer program providing a supportive relationship for socially isolated, highly vulnerable women residing in the north east region of Melbourne. In January 2009 Melbourne University was engaged to provide an action research evaluation to assist in the future development and implementation of the program. The Final Evaluation Report in July 2010 provided a snapshot of the achievements to date and a glimpse of the data and findings as a basis for the program’s future planning.
PREVENTION OF SEXUALLY ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR BY YOUNG PEOPLE
CPS partnered with Melbourne University – School of Social work and Nursing on a PhD project to explore the prevention of sexually abusive behaviour by young people. The research interviewed young people who completed the Sexual Abuse Counselling and Prevention Program at CPS, along with their workers.
QUALITATIVE STUDY OF THE CPS CHILD & FAMILY CENTRE
Commencing in January 2014 with the generous support of a range of philanthropic trusts CPS engaged Charles Sturt University to undertake a qualitative research study of the relationship pedagogy of our pioneering Child and Family Centre. In July 2016 Charles Sturt University’s Dr Loraine Fordham released her qualitative study and over subsequent months the findings were disseminated via publications, reports and conferences. This research provided invaluable qualitative insight into the experiences of children, educators and parents who participated in the Early Years Education Program (EYEP) during the study.
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