HIPPY in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Study
Learning how HIPPY can best support early childhood education in Indigenous Australian communities
This mixed methods implementation evaluation will examine how the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) functions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families participating in the early learning program.
This is the first BSL study to exclusively examine how the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is implemented within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The study will include in-depth qualitative data collection in selected HIPPY communities that represent each state and territory in Australia to reflect the diversity of the program’s participants and network. The study will also collect stories and experiences from across all 100 HIPPY sites.
The project, which aims to exemplify true community co-design and will utilise Indigenous research methodologies, is planned to be completed by December 2022.
About the study researchers
- Stage 1 ethics application submitted to AIATSIS – 18 May 2021
- Stage 1 ethics approved by AIATSIS – 9 August 2021
The is an early learning and parenting program targeting low-income families. It provides parents/carers with the confidence and tools to support their young child's education and helps them create a home learning environment which improves their child's school readiness and the parent–child relationship.
*Due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions, this timeline may experience slight shifts.
Step 1 Community co-design & study planning
Developing the study methodology and data collection instruments with our key stakeholders.
Step 2 Data collection
Visiting selected fieldwork sites across Australia for in-depth qualitative data collection; virtual data collection from all HIPPY sites.
Step 3 Data analysis & writing
Coding and analysing the data with our key stakeholders' input.
Step 4 Publishing & sharing findings
Creating final reports and outputs in collaboration with our key stakeholders; hosting a policy roundtable event to discuss study findings.
This national longitudinal study examines the outcomes for over 600 children and families who took part in HIPPY between 2016 and 2018.
This study examined the factors that affect the recruitment or retention of families in the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY). From 50 sites at the time of the study the program has expanded to be delivered by 60 providers at 100 sites across Australia.
The Brotherhood, in partnership with Monash University, received funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to evaluate the national roll-out of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
A smaller study of longer established Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) sites was undertaken with support from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.