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Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve  

Based on  a   Review  report  by  Barry  Cullen,  PhD  


Benefits of  Community  Art   •  Community identity •  Cultural exchange •  Economic value •  Personal benefits •  Children’s confidence •  Reduce isolation •  Increase self-esteem Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Workshop Aims   •  Access & share creativity •  Replication with parents •  Replication at home

Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Workshop Design   •  Low cost, recyclable materials •  Basic activities •  Paired/group interactions •  Group-directed conversation •  Non-directive •  Informal, easy-going Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Workshop outline   •  Introduction •  Hands’ outlines •  Pairs’ colouring •  Group portrait •  Discussion Break •  Group project •  Handout Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Implementa2on •  All FRCs contacted •  6 locations (12 FRCs) •  Variable location issues –  Accessibility –  Staff/volunteers –  Resource availability –  Ability to follow through

•  Different projects Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Projects •  Dragons •  Scary piece •  Day at the beach •  Super heroes •  Street games •  Eastern princess


Review •  Discussions with facilitator •  Telephone calls to 6 FRCs •  Discussions with WG members •  Observation (video piece)


Outcomes •  Widespread satisfaction & enthusiasm •  Workshops as good fun and joyful •  Lots of conversation, stories •  Good adaptation to materials •  Positive feedback on format •  Positive benefits to parents: –  Engagement & participation –  Confidence & self-esteem Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Sustaining •  No evidence of sustained benefits •  No substantial feedback on use at home with children •  No evidence of either direct or indirect benefits to children •  Some indications of use on other project activities – generated a demand for more, similar activities Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Organisa2onal

•  Limits of inter-project dimension •  Variable project facillities / resources •  Inherent difficulties of organising from a national base •  Need for more intensive engagement (higher dose) Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


FSA Strategic  Framework  

•  FRCs target families & communities of greatest need •  FRCs use an overall community development approach (bottom-up) •  Standard public health conception Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


FSA Strategic  Framework   Primary' prevention'

Developmental+ family'support'

Universal*support*services* to*help*strengthen* families* *

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Secondary' prevention'

Compensatory' family'support'

Programmes*to*address* specific*family7based* problems* *

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Tertiary' prevention'

Protective+'family' support'

Specialised*services*to* protect*children*from* abuse*and*neglect*

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personal'development' children'&'youth'activities' adult'education' recreational'activities' ' counselling' groupwork' parent'training' family'work' ' procedures/protocols'for' reporting' inter.agency'working' risk'monitoring'and' assessment' '

' Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


FSA Strategic  Framework   •  Developmental –  Bottom-up initiatives & services that bring targets together to devise and manage various self-help and mutual support actions

•  Programmed –  Refined, evidence-based responses to specific, tangible problems, with clearly defined aims, target groups, delivery modes, skill requirements and intended outcomes

Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


FSA Strategic  Framework   Needs% %

Actions% Developmental+

Outcomes% Programmed+

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1.!Healthy!physically! and!mentally! 2.!Supported!in!active! learning! 3.!Safe!from! accidental!and! intentional!harm! 4.!Economically! secure! 5.!Secure!in!the! immediate!and!wider! physical!environment! 6.!Part!of!positive! networks!of!family,! friends,!neighbours! and!the!community! 7.!Included!and! participating!in! society!

Targets% Personal+and+ group2based+ ! ! ! ! ! !

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! Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


If-­‐then logic   •  Evidence and argument must show that IF action is undertaken there are grounds for believing the desired outcome will THEN be produced •  Useful logic for evaluation •  Limitation- lends more to programmed rather than developmental actions Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Limita2ons

•  Problems nested in structural deficits •  Families might not participate •  Participating parents may lack the confidence to engage formally •  Programmes lack flexibility to adapt Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Bluedrum HPI  

•  Includes both developmental and programmed dimensions •  More flexible & locally adaptable •  Perceived primarily as developmental •  FRCs are open to community art Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Future Bluedrum  HPI   •  Initial focus on workshop development •  Expand to a set of workshops, to: –  Motivate & inspire parents to participate in social education & related activities –  Promote their confidence / self-esteem –  Utilise as a support to children

•  Broaden the family definition: youth, grandparents, siblings, etc Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Future Strategy   •  Market workshop (or set) to FRCs and other relevant groups •  Focus on a single region or set of FRCs •  Systematic data collection to facilitate future evaluation / review processes

Bluedrum Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  


Conclusion •  Community art important in community development broadly and more specifically for engaging families •  The Bluedrum HPI can make an important contribution to this process •  Further refinement required •  Clear strategy needed for going forward Bluedrum  Happy  Parent  Ini2a2ve,    Presenta2on  based  on  Review  Report  2012,  by  Barry  Cullen  

Happy Parent Initiative - Summary Presentation  

Prepared by Barry Cullen who produced the evaluation of the test phase.

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