For more than 30 years, Parenting Journey has been focused on helping parents build stronger families by developing the inner strengths, life skills, and networks of resources they need to succeed. Since 2007, over 52,000 parents have participated in Parenting Journey programs—to the benefit of more than 131,000 children.
At Parenting Journey, we don’t just say that our parent-development programs are successful, we back it up with evidence-informed, proven results. An independent program evaluation completed by the Institute for Community Health (ICH), a nationally recognized and widely respected research collaborative, has shown statistically significant improvements in parents and caregivers who have completed the Parenting Journey. The results offer solid evidence of the success of our innovative approach. Graduates of our programs report:
- A positive change in their relationships with other people in general (90%).
- A transition from negative feelings to positive feelings about life and themselves (86%).
- A positive change in their relationship with their children (86%).
- An ability to freely communicate accomplishments resulting from their participation in the program (77%).
Who We Partner With
These participants represent a wide range of demographics spanning all income levels. Here a few of the basics of our constituency:
- 80% are single-parent, female-headed families
- 59% are unemployed or under-employed
- 56% have a primary language other than English
- 12% have a history of domestic violence
- 10% do not have custody of their children
What We Measure
To measure Parenting Journey’s effectiveness, the Parenting Journey Scale incorporates both validated and self-designed sub-scales. The Parenting Journey Scale measures seven domains, all of which have been shown to contribute to positive parenting practices:
- Hope and Optimism
- Identifying Personal Goals
- Ability to Nurture Self
- Social Networks
IMPACT: Parenting Journey has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in participants’ scores for all seven of the parenting domains we measure.
The Parenting Journey Scale consists of an intake interview form used to gather basic demographic data; a baseline quantitative survey instrument; and a post-intervention survey with both quantitative and qualitative measures. The pre- and post-group surveys contain 40+ items each. The Parenting Journey Scale is licensed to agencies interested in demonstrating their fidelity to the model and the outcomes of their Parenting Journey groups.
How We Measure – The Parenting Journey Scale
We partnered with the Institute for Community Health (ICH) to develop the evaluation methodology and tools, and to assist in the analysis of outcomes. In partnership with ICH, Parenting Journey conducted a thorough curriculum review, developed a logic model, created and piloted the instruments and scales, and conducted a reliability analysis on the self-designed scales.*
Licensing the Parenting Journey Outcomes Scale
To measure Parenting Journey’s effectiveness, we have developed the Parenting Journey Outcomes Scale. For those interested in utilizing our scale, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to purchase a License that includes training on and use of the Scale and evaluation tools for one year. The scale examines seven domains which have been shown to contribute to positive parenting practices. The License also includes data analyses and reporting, and technical support via telephone, webinar or on-site over a period of one year. Onsite technical support may trigger additional fees for travel. Please note that the Parenting Journey Outcomes Scale is only available to agencies implementing the Parenting Journey program with fidelity and in the full 12-week format. Click here to learn more about the Parenting Journey Outcomes Scale and pricing info.
*The Parenting Journey Scale incorporates elements of the following three highly regarded validated scales:
- Hope and Optimism scale is from: Scheier, M. F., Carver, C. S., and Bridges, M. W. (1994). Distinguishing optimism from neuroticism (and trait anxiety, self-mastery, and self-esteem): A re-evaluation of the Life Orientation Test. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 1063-78.
- Personal Goals/Self-Efficacy scale is from: Schwarzer, R., and Jerusalem, M. (1993). Generalized Self-Efficacy scale.
- Self-Awareness scale is adapted from: Gratz, K.L. and Roemer, L. (2004). Multidimensional Assessment of Emotion Regulation and Dysregulation: Development, Factor Structure, and Initial Validation of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment: 26, 41-54.
Parenting Journey is a registered trademark of The Family Center, Inc.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
For more information about the Parenting Journey Outcomes Scale, you can contact Hannah Collins, Research Manager, at (617) 628-8815 or by emailing her directly