Family Matters No. 63 - December 2002

New research

Relationship education services
Michele Simons and Robyn Parker

Abstract

The Australian Institute of Family Studies in partnership with the Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work undertook a survey of relationship education services across the country on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, known as the Study of Australian Relationship Education Services. This survey was to identify the nature and range of relationship education programs, identify gaps in service provision, and develop a classification system to distinguish among the various types of programs available. Recommendations made on the basis of the study pertain to various areas of service provision, including program design and development and the implementation of evaluation frameworks. This article outlines the outcomes of the study and the recommendations that emanated from it.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies in partnership with the Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work undertook a survey of relationship education services across the country on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, known as the Study of Australian Relationship Education Services. This survey was to identify the nature and range of relationship education programs, identify gaps in service provision, and develop a classification system to distinguish among the various types of programs available. Recommendations made on the basis of the study pertain to various areas of service provision, including program design and development and the implementation of evaluation frameworks. This article outlines the outcomes of the study and the recommendations that emanated from it.

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