KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Assessing Parenting for Better Partnerships & Parent-Child Interaction

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 06:09 PM


Many of our posts have discussed the value of assessing parenting in collecting evidence of outcomes (1,2 & 3) and for obtaining funding for family services programs (4,5 and 6).  Beyond documenting evidence and obtaining funding, parenting assessment offers information to build nurturing parenting.  Upon entry into a family services program, an initial parenting assessment can identify parents’ current strengths.  As we have discussed earlier, identifying strengths and reinforcing them early can build a strong working relationship and increase engagement (7). 

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Tags: parent improvement, parenting goals, helping parents, assessing parenting, engagement-parent, family, community

Using Parenting Assessment in Early Head Start Supervision

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Mar 07, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Guest Contribution by:

Alison Fennell, MA, LPC, ACS

Mental Health Manager/Clinical Supervisor

NORWESCAP Early Head Start/Head Start

In an earlier post, I described how NORWESCAP Early Head Start implemented an observational parenting assessment, which our Early Head Start site reviewers found a highlight of our program.  With Early Head Start’s current spotlight on School Readiness, we are providing specific services to help parents prepare their children for school.  We now incorporate parenting assessments into our reflective supervision with Home Visitors by scheduling quarterly meetings with each staff person specifically to reflect upon their assessments. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting goals, Early Head Start, Head Start, supervision;, reflective supervision

Measuring Parenting to Promote Quality Improvement in Family Services

Posted by Phil Gordon on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 03:20 PM

As someone who once taught Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), I am pleased to hear the term more frequently used in family services circles (for detail see Childwelfare Information Gateway, The Casey Foundation, or Management Sciences for Health).  CQI, or Total Quality Management as it is sometimes called, derives from the work of W. Edward Demming.  Stated most simply, CQI is the use of information to guide improvement.  As an evaluator, I find the notion of using statistically valid results to guide services very attractive.  After World War II, Demming was unable to get much traction in the United States for his concept of making decisions based on consciously collected data. However, war-ravaged Japan welcomed him.  Thanks to Demming, Made in Japan went from being synonymous with junk to becoming an expectation of high quality.  

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Tags: parenting outcomes, parent improvement, Parenting Assessment, parenting goals, continuous quality improvement

Assessing What Matters Most to Children: Parenting

Posted by Phil Gordon on Sun, Nov 04, 2012 @ 01:48 PM

Momentum has gathered over the last decade toward collecting evidence to prove outcomes in the early childhood field.  Funders and taxpayers want proof that the services they pay for have the intended outcome.  The fairest way to evaluate a program is to see if it has met its intended goals.  Most programs with the goal of healthy child development and well-being, school readiness or preventing child abuse and neglect include promoting nurturing parenting among their goals, because "Young children experience their world as an environment of relationships, and these relationships affect virtually all aspects of their development – intellectual, social, emotional, physical, behavioral, and moral" (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2004).  

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Tags: parenting outcomes, parent improvement, parenting behavior, Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, parenting goals, measuring parenting

Parenting Assessment: Discovering Strengths and Beyond

Posted by Phil Gordon on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 03:53 PM

The art of giving parents feedback after using a parenting scale seems to have struck a chord.  I’ve just been invited to conduct our first feedback workshop with NORWESCAP Early Head Start in New Jersey. This has emboldened me to continue writing on the topic of supporting parental change guided by a parenting assessment.  In the first KIPS Cradle post we discussed inviting the parent to identify strengths as the first step in effective feedback.  Helping a parent find her own effective behaviors creates a sense of safety and provides valuable insights into the parent’s awareness of her strengths.

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Tags: parenting feedback, parent improvement, parenting behavior, Parenting Assessment, parenting goals, strength-based