Breakthrough – Building Awesome Matua Study 1 Evaluation: Pre- and Post-course Surveys

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Friesen, Myron

The first part of the evaluation process for Breakthrough was the creation of a theory of change model which was completed in March of 2018 and can be found here: Breakthrough Theory of Change. The theory of change helped guide both the development of the Building Awesome Matua curriculum as well as guide the evaluation planning by identifying the assumptions, change process, and short- and long-term outcomes that participants are hypothesized to experience. Two studies were planned, but due to the lengthy delay of finding the community partners to start implementing the program and facilitator training, the evaluation work was substantially delayed. The first study, and the focus of this report, is an outcome evaluation with a mixed-methods questionnaire completed by participants prior to and after completing the Building Awesome Matua course (pre- /post-course design). The goal is to assess participants on the same measures at both time points and then estimate change in the outcomes from pre- to post-course. More specifically, this study assessed change across six outcomes identified in the theory of change: Māori cultural identification, the quality of whānau relationships, parenting confidence, anger reactivity, need for control, and parental mentalizing (i.e., a parent’s effort to try and understand the mental states and unique perspectives of their child). The second study was a formative evaluation with a qualitative methodology and was led by a Child and Family Psychology Master’s student at the University of Canterbury and supervised by the current author. This project involved interviewing several Building Awesome Matua facilitators about their training, facilitation experiences, and perceptions about suitability and effectiveness of Building Awesome Matua. Data collection for Study 2 was completed, the results have been analysed, and the thesis submitted for examination. Unfortunately, due to the disruptions of the Coronavirus pandemic the public report for the facilitator study will be delayed and will be published in a separate summary.

Friesen MD (2020). Breakthrough – Building Awesome Matua Study 1 Evaluation: Pre- and Post-course Surveys. Parenting Place. Parenting Place and Salvation Army New Zealand. Parenting Place. 1-16.
whānau violence, intervention, parenting programme, mixed-methods evaluation
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Fields of Research::39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390404 - Educational counselling
Fields of Research::45 - Indigenous studies::4510 - Te hauora me te oranga o te Māori (Māori health and wellbeing)::451017 - Te oranga ā-pāpori, ā-hinengaro, ā-ahurea, ā-wairua o te Māori (Māori social, cultural, emotional and spiritual wellbeing)
Fields of Research::44 - Human society::4410 - Sociology::441009 - Sociology of family and relationships
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