Research and Quality

Research and evaluation has been integral to the success of Parents as Teachers since its inception more than 20 years ago. Communities choose to implement the nationally recognized Parents as Teachers model because of its strong research base and many years of demonstrated outcomes.

Parents as Teachers National Center continues to vigorously pursue a research agenda designed to increase our learning and provide new results about the impact of the national model, while local evaluation efforts provide evidence that a program is effective as it is being implemented in a specific community. Together, results from national research studies and local evaluations contribute to the growing evidence base that supports the value to our society of investing in early childhood.

Program evaluation allows local programs to find out what's working well, identify what needs to be improved, and determine whether the program is having the intended impact. Programs can evaluate the quality of their program using the PAT Standards and Self-Assessment Process and they can also measure outcomes of their program for the children and families they serve. In this section of the website, we have brought together tools and information to help programs evaluate outcomes.

Research & Quality
Click here to visit the Parents as Teachers National Center website and learn more about Research & Quality.

The Parents as Teachers National website includes the following tools and resources:

  • Logic model showing expected outcomes
  • Overlay of at-risk demographics and the Parents as Teachers fit
  • Parents as Teachers Affiliate Implementation Plan
  • Table aligning Parents as Teachers outcomes with MIECHV benchmarks
  • Interactive budget tool for implementation of Parents as Teachers