Stronger Families in Australia Study: The Impact of Communities for Children

FaHCSIA Occasional Paper No. 25

106 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2011

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Ben Edwards

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia

Sarah Wise

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthew Gray

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Ilan Katz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sebastian Misson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roger Patulny

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kristy Muir

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: December 19, 2010

Abstract

This report presents the results of the evaluation of the short-run impacts of the Communities for Children (CfC) initiative on child, family and community outcomes. The study was based on a three-wave longitudinal study of 2,202 families living in 10 sites that had a CfC program and five sites comparable to the CfC sites (contrast sites).

The first wave collected baseline data, Wave 2 was conducted during the implementation phase of the CfC and Wave 3 was conducted in 2008 approximately one year after the CfC program was underway.

The aim of the study was to measure changes in child, family and community outcomes in CfC communities over the funding period.

The study found evidence that CfC had positive impacts including: - fewer children were living in a jobless household - parents reported less hostile or harsh parenting practices - parents felt more effective in their roles as parents.

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Ben and Wise, Sarah and Gray, Matthew and Katz, Ilan and Misson, Sebastian and Patulny, Roger and Muir, Kristy, Stronger Families in Australia Study: The Impact of Communities for Children (December 19, 2010). FaHCSIA Occasional Paper No. 25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1728591

Ben Edwards (Contact Author)

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia

Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia

Sarah Wise

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Matthew Gray

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Level 20 South Tower
485 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
Australia

Ilan Katz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sebastian Misson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roger Patulny

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kristy Muir

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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