The Stronger Families in Australia (SFIA) Study: Phase 2

Ben Edwards, Killian Mullan, Ilan Katz, Daryl Higgins

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The Stronger Families in Australia (SFIA) Study: Phase 2
Ben Edwards, Killian Mullan, Ilan Katz and

Research Report No. 29 — September 2014
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The Stronger Families in Australia Study: Phase 2
Key messages
CfC has had some of the desired effects on parents and children, but these were not strong or sustained for long enough to make statistically significant differences over the long term.

Over the five waves of SFIA, the vast majority of findings indicated that the wellbeing of children and parents in CfC communities was better than in comparison communities, even if these differences did not reach statistical significance.

Very few studies of early intervention services follow children for six years and provide the depth of information that SFIA has been able to deliver.

Many other studies of early intervention services have also failed to find sustained positive effects over the longer term (e.g., NESS Team, 2012).

Whether another model, a more intensive version of CfC or a set of evidence-based interventions would have had a greater effect is not known.

This report presents a medium- to long-term evaluation of the Communities for Children (CfC) initiative. This Australian Government initiative aims to improve services for young children and their families and the communities they grow up in. The evaluation, known as the Stronger Families in Australia (SFIA) study, looks at the impact of CfC on child, family, and community outcomes. Phase 1 of the evaluation, published in 2009, found a small but positive impact of the initiative. This new report presents findings from Phase 2 of the study, which followed up 1,927 of the original study families, with the children now aged from 8-10 years old. Phase 2 also introduced a new cohort of 1,800 families and four new "contrast" sites.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-922038-62-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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NameAIFS Research Report
No.29

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