KIPS: Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale
KIPS shows how parents grow. With the KIPS parenting assessment you can document parenting outcomes. KIPS measures 12 key facets of parenting that you can use in partnership with families to promote parent-child relationships, promote learning and support confidence.
Rated “A-Reliability and Validity Demonstrated” by
- Parents As Teachers
- Healthy Families America
- WAVE Trust & Department for Education, United Kingdom
- Measuring What Matters: A Guide for Children’s Centres, UCL Institute for Health Equity, United Kingdom
For a Summary of KIPS Psychometrics:
“KIPS often helps providers understand and build on the positive behaviors a parent displays, which often brings balance to the "problems" a child/parent might be getting help for. It provides a framework to work from in identifying relational goals, and therefore ways to support a parent in being more responsive to their child.”
Rachel Talamantez Kidscope, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department, California
"As an evaluation tool, KIPS allows us to measure parent-child interactions over time. With coaching and support, many families demonstrate improvement across all areas of the tool. It is rewarding to see the growth! The home visitors report that KIPS is one of the most meaningful evaluation activities they do with parents. They enjoy making regular videos of the parents playing with their children. When they review the videos together, they are able to provide supportive feedback to the parents and help them build on their strengths."
Rosie Zweiback, Project Director
Interdisciplinary Center for Program Evaluation
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"KIPS has been a great success in guiding the family goals. The parents watch the video and discuss with their home visitor their strengths, and then identify one or tow areas to work towards improving. With specific goals formt he KIPS assessment, they work out a plan."
PAT Program Director
Child Crisis Arizona
What Is the KIPS Parenting Assessment?
KIPS is a convenient, reliable, evidence-based tool to effectively measure parenting behaviors. Family service programs commonly aim to enhance parenting to promote children’s development. However, few programs directly assess parenting behavior. By assessing parenting, you can tailor services to individual families, track parenting progress, and document program outcomes.