HEARTS for Families has researched and created an evidence-based training model for the Nurturing Parenting Programs. According to NREPP, "evidence-based" signifies that the approach is based in theory and has undergone scientific evaluation. HEARTS has utilized Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health Graduate Interns to conduct several evaluations, including a process evaluation and a program evaluation, in order to further research the training model. The results from the evaluation should be available Fall 2012.
The training model is a comprehensive approach that equips potential facilitators and coordinators from all backgrounds, enabling them to confidently work with groups or individuals to deliver the nurturing curricula. It is recommended that interested parties have a background working with families or parenting education programs, but it is not a prerequisite.
HEARTS recognizes that there are many roles in community-based program delivery. There are customized approaches for various program delivery personnel within an organization. In total there are four parts to HEARTS' training model, with each part identified for various implementation roles.
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The training parts are designed to build upon one another, preparing participants for the next step of learning. Parts 1-4 can be completed consecutively or scheduled separately if an agency is unable to commit to more than three days of training at a time and has the minimum number of participants required.
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By the end of the HEARTS training model, participants are able to be an effective catalyst of change for parents at risk of substance abuse or child abuse and neglect.
Funders or decision makers can rest assured that their sponsorship of HEARTS' model will achieve the researched results that ranks NPP consistently in the national clearinghouses for evidence-based best practice programs.