From 1992 to 2002, seven instructors for the Families Count Project of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley taught full-length Parent’s Toolshop® classes (a 10-24-hour series) using the Universal Blueprint® model*. They used an outcome-focused evaluation tool specifically designed for The Parent’s Toolshop by the local United Way’s program evaluation specialist (who has a Ph.D. in program outcome evaluations) to assess participant skill improvement.
Each year, since 1992, our agency receives dozens of requests from agencies and community groups to provide Parent’s Toolshop parenting programs to parents of all economic and cultural backgrounds. The programs are very popular and successful in achieving significant parenting skill improvement. We believe so much in this program that we regularly purchase the book for low-income parents who want to attend the program. Many of our professional staff members have also participated in a Toolshop training and/or purchased the book. The Parent’s Toolshop is a helpful resource for people of all skill levels. – – Ronald Eckerle, Ph.D., LISW, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio
Of the 1295 participants who attended FCP parent education programs in the Dayton (Ohio) area** . . .
- 50% had a total household income of < $15,000
- 69% were unemployed
- 51% were from disadvantaged populations
- 77% of those being Title XX eligible
Of these 1295 parents, 992 attended a full-length class where they completed an outcome-focused pre/post-class parenting skill assessment specifically designed for The Parent’s Toolshop to evaluate knowledge and mastery of 11 skill areas. Here are the results:
- Of the 992 parents who attended the parenting class, 823 (83%) successfully graduated graduated.
- Almost 100% (99.87% or 822 of 823 parents) improved their parenting skills.
- On a scale of 11 points, the average improvement in skills was 2.40 points, from below the midpoint (5.41) to the “more skillful” range (7.81). Nearly 20% scored in the highest skill range!
In participant evaluations:
- 83% rated the program “excellent,” 100% rated it “good” or “excellent”
- 96% said they learned new information
- 100% said they would recommend the program to others.
Of the parents who had custody of their children:
- 100% said they successfully used the skills with their children
- 92% said they had used the skills with other children or to improve adult relationships.
In six-month follow-up evaluations:
- 104 parents (36%) participated
- Of those, 75% increased their parenting skill assessment score
- The average score was 8.96 (an increase of 1.15 points)
- 75% reported improvement in their memory and use of the skills or the quality of the parent-child relationship.
There are many parenting classes in the Dayton area and we fund most of them. Our statistics show that none have even come close to achieving the results your classes achieve on a consistent basis. – – Linda Taylor, Community Initiatives Funding, United Way of Greater Dayton, Ohio
And This Was Just One Program’s Results!
There Are Dozens Worldwide —
and Each Has Similar Outcomes
In addition to these Families Count Project parents:
- Over 1000 parents attended full-length programs sponsored by other organizations.
- Over 3000 parents and professionals attended topic presentations and previewed The Parent’s Toolshop.
- Over 1000 professionals received specialized training in using The Parent’s Toolshop’s Universal Blueprint and its tools in their business, teaching, and counseling professions.
- The Parents Toolshop and its outcome skill assessments tool were also used in an independent research project held by Dr. Heidi Stolz of University of Tennessee. (See January 2009 article in Family Science Review)
Numerous participants offered enthusiastic, heart-warming testimonials. Many expressed an interest in learning more about the program, purchasing books for friends or clients, and dozens also requested Parent’s Toolshop® Group Facilitator certification, to teach programs based on The Parent’s Toolshop in their communities.
And THE RESULTS LAST!
Years later, here’s what graduates have said . . .
I’m so glad I took this class four years ago. My children are confident and well adjusted. I believe it’s due to the great foundation I’ve received from learning and using the skills form your classes. It was truly beneficial to me in dealing with my children, adult relationships and learning more about myself. – – Jacki George, Springboro, Ohio
Now that my son is almost eighteen and I see what a wonderful young man he is, I realize parenting is not all “luck.” I truly believe that 90% is because of the concepts I learned from you, when he was only three — and I’ll be forever grateful to you for that. I had no role model for parenting to look back on. I learned healthy parenting from YOU, and it’s given me the most valuable thing in my life, a healthy, close relationship with my son. – – Eva Polichany, Springboro, Ohio
* Read an informational summary about the credibility and reliability of The Parent’s Toolshop model, content, evaluation methods and instructor certification.
** This is a summary of a 2002 evaluation study. A more detailed report is available upon request.
P.S. to Parent Educators: If you facilitate a prevention skill-training program, you can use the Parents Toolshop Skill Assessment Tool to evaluate your program. It is available as a digital download, complete with digital, editable files of the tool, forms and reports in three formats. ORDER NOW and get a FREE 15-PAGE REPORT that includes directions for setting your own program’s outcome goals & objectives and modifying the tool to meet your needs, while maintaining valid results.
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