Criteria for programs that can be included in CfC FP 50% requirement

There are two ways that Communities for Children Facilitating Partners can meet the 50% requirement. Facilitating Partners can choose to deliver a program from the guidebook, or have an alternative program assessed by CFCA as either a promising or emerging program.

The criteria for the CfC FP program approval categories are detailed below.

Evidence-Based Programs (the “Guidebook”)

To be classed as an evidence-based program, programs need to meet the following criteria:

  • 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).

Programs that meet the above criteria are listed in the evidence-based program guidebook. If you know of a program that should be considered for inclusion in the guidebook contact the expert panel team.

Promising Programs

Promising programs have been assessed by CFCA against the following five criteria that represent minimum standards for a quality program:

  1. A program must have a documented theoretical and/or research background.
  2. A program must have a clear theory of change (e.g. program logic), which reflects good practice both in terms of logical pathways from activities to outcomes and in meeting the needs of the intended target group.
  3. The activities undertaken in the program are documented, and activities generally match good practice in addressing the needs of the target group.
  4. One or more evaluations of the program have been conducted (with a minimum total of 20 participants) that establishes the program as having positive benefits for the target group, with at least pre-AND post-testing of participant outcomes (ideally with a validated outcomes measurement tool), and a report is available.
  5. Staff members that run the program are sufficiently qualified and/or trained.

Please note: the Promising Program criteria have been adapted to include community development style activities. Contact us for more information about this option.

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Emerging Programs

Emerging programs are programs that can meet the criteria for a promising program but require time for the evaluation and documentation to be developed and completed. The program should aim to meet all five criteria for a promising program by 30 June 2018.

Emerging programs must have the following:

  1. A clear theory of change (e.g. program logic), which reflects good practice both in terms of logical pathways from activities to outcomes and in meeting the needs of the intended target group.
  2. An evaluation plan and timeline (as a minimum - completed evaluations can also be submitted for assessment).

Program logic and evaluation plan templates are available.

We can help if you need assistance to complete the required documentation.

Please note: the Emerging Program criteria have been adapted to include community development style activities. Contact us for more information about this option.

Submit a program for assessment