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Signposts was first evaluated by a scientific study of 115 families and later through a statewide trial involving 3000 families. Both studies showed positive outcomes for parents and children. Parents were more confident and less stressed in their parenting role and children’s difficult behaviours improved and their positive behaviours increased. The program was also rated as highly acceptable by a large percentage of parent participants.

We recommend routine evaluation; we ask participants to fill in one or more questionnaires before they start and after they have completed the program. This evaluation helps determine whether the program is appropriate for the family or carer, whether other options might need to be considered, as well as providing feedback on the impact of the program.

The evidence base of Signposts materials

It is very important that programs designed to assist families do in fact provide that assistance. In order to demonstrate that any given program is valuable to families, the outcomes of the program need to be evaluated. It is only through proper evaluation that we can conclude whether a program has a strong evidence base.

The first step in examining a program is to examine its content and determine whether the various strategies taught are consistent with what previous research has shown to be effective. If there is scientific support for the strategies we can then say that the program is evidence-informed.

The next step in evaluating a program is to conduct focus testing with both parents and practitioners. This ensures the program will be socially acceptable for use with families.

The final step is to test the program with a group of families and actually measure whether the program has made a difference in the lives of those families. If the results show that the program has been valuable to the families we can then say that the program has an evidence base.

Considerable work has already gone into investigating the evidence base of Signposts materials. Download the summary of the current evidence base for the generic program, the Signposts Early School program and the supplementary materials.

Download a full description of the evidence base.

Signposts supplementary materials

Supplementary materials help parents and carers to use the Signposts program to the best advantage for their children, taking into account their particular developmental issues or cultural experiences. These materials supplement the generic Signposts for building better behaviour program; they do not provide an alternative program. Download a full description of the evidence base of these supplementary materials.

Supplementary materials are available in the following topic areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (ATSI)
  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD)
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS)
  • Toilet Learning

Parent Notes in each topic area need to be used alongside the Signposts for building better behaviour parent booklets and workbook.

Facilitator Notes provide additional information to the Signposts for building better behaviour Facilitator Manual.

Facilitators are strongly encouraged to read the Facilitator Notes for any topic before making decisions on how to integrate the materials into their program delivery. Each supplement is different not only in the content covered but also in the layout and format. If you intend to use any of the supplementary materials, familiarise yourself with each supplement before you use with parents.

We welcome any feedback you may have on these materials, contact signposts@parentingrc.org.au

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