Learning how HIPPY can best support early childhood education in Indigenous Australian communities

Study overview

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.


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About the study researchers

Rhianna Brickle  MA, Senior Research Officer   rhianna.brickle@bsl.org.au

Study updates

  • Stage 1 ethics application submitted to AIATSIS – 18 May 2021
  • Stage 1 ethics approved by AIATSIS – 9 August 2021


The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) 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.



Study timeline

*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.

Related projects

This national longitudinal study examines the outcomes for over 600 children and families who took part in HIPPY between 2016 and 2018.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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