Choose an existing program
One way of meeting the 50% evidence-based program requirement for Communities for Children Facilitating Partners is to choose from a list of existing programs that have been approved as evidence-based.
Choosing the right program
How do you know which of the approved evidence-based programs is right for you? Consider these factors:
Program match: How well the program fits your organisation, your target audience, and the specific risk factors or problems you want to address.
Required and available resources: The people, skills, money and time you would need to implement the program, and what you currently have available.
Program quality: Evidence that the program achieves the desired outcomes. All programs on the approved list meet this criterion.
See our guide to Selecting an evidence-based program.
If you want to adapt an existing program, talk to the program developer. Someone else may have already adapted the program in a way that meets your needs.
Any adaptations need to stay true to the design of the original program. Changing a program too much might affect the outcomes it’s designed to achieve.
Not all changes make outcomes worse. For example, adapting language or imagery to reflect the target audience might be a positive change that helps achieve the desired outcomes.
But some changes make it harder to achieve the right outcomes, for example removing parts of the program or reducing the number of sessions.
How we select programs
When assessing programs for our list of evidence-based programs, we look for programs that have been tested with high quality evaluations and are easy to replicate, with training or manuals easily accessible in Australia.
To find the best quality programs available, we review international databases and clearinghouses, and Australian best practice and promising practice guides and assessments.
A program needs to meet strict criteria to be classed as evidence-based:
- The objectives of the program are in line with the objectives of the Communities for Children Facilitating Partner model.
- The program is primarily targeted at children aged 0–12 years and their families.
- The following documented information about the program is readily available:
- aims, objectives and a theoretical basis for the program;
- a program logic or similar;
- the target group for the program is clearly articulated; and
- elements/activities of the program and why they are important.
- The program should include a training manual or documentation that allows for replication within Australia.
- Evaluation of the program has been undertaken with the following characteristics:
Impact: At least one high quality evaluation has been conducted that showed positive impacts on the desired outcomes of the program(s), and no negative effects were found. The program must have been evaluated in a cultural setting that is similar to Australia.
Design (one or more of):
- A randomised controlled trial or quasi-experimental design that has a sample size of at least 20 participants in each of the intervention and control groups.
- High quality qualitative evaluation that includes at least 20 participants. The assessment of quality relies on availability of information about factors such as the selection/inclusion/recruitment processes, the nature and representativeness of the sample, the process for administering data collection tools, and the degree of independence from the program developer/implementer.
- A high quality combination of the above (mixed methods).
Families and Children Expert Panel
- Expert Panel Project home
- About the Expert Panel Project
- Program planning and evaluation guide
- One-on-one support for service providers
- Communities for Children requirements