Washington State Institute for Public Policy finds Triple P system returns highest cost-benefit ratio

A presentation at a US National Research Council and Institute of Medicine Forum has highlighted Triple P as an extremely cost-effective program delivering more economic benefits to the community than it costs. The presentation at the forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioural Health in Washington earlier this year by Stephanie Lee highlights work by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). WSIPP is involved in non-partisan research to advise government on evidence-based policies that provide a positive return on investment. It looks at whether or not these policies can save the communities they serve more than they cost by reducing the economic impacts of factors such as child abuse, crime and poor educational outcomes.

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Evaluation of Triple P delivery in NSW shows what is needed to make ‘the transition from good science to better service’

It’s always extremely gratifying to see the work that we do translated into an inter-agency, government-backed effort that transforms the lives of families.

But the NSW Government is to be congratulated not just for the work they are doing in making Triple P available free for families of children aged 3 to 8.

Their continual evaluation of the implementation of Triple P in NSW is taking the program’s reach beyond the welfare sector and into the broader community where it will make the most impact.

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The case for a greater role for parents in helping teens

It might have been a small study in terms of numbers. And problems assigning some parents to particular sessions also meant it couldn’t quite be labelled a randomised controlled trial.

But I still find Raziye Salari’s study into families who participated in a trial of Standard Teen Triple P exciting nonetheless.

By showing that parents have a significant role to play in teen development, Raziye’s study points to the importance of parenting across the lifecourse and shines a light on where we need to go in the future.

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