HIPPY in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Study
Learning how HIPPY can best support early childhood education in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
This evaluation will examine how the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) functions for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and communities participating in the early learning program in the home.
This is the first BSL study to exclusively examine how the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is implemented within Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.
The study will include in-depth qualitative data collection in selected HIPPY communities. These sites provided an expression of interest to be involved and represent every state and territory in Australia, to reflect the diversity of the program’s participants and networks. The study will also collect stories and experiences from across all 100 HIPPY sites.
The project aims to use Indigenous research methodologies and exemplify authentic community co-design, with the following stakeholder groups:
HIPPY aims to promote improved support for caregivers as their child’s first teacher, build capacity in communities to support the transition to school, and draw on the strengths of the home learning environment to reduce the impact of multiple forms of systemic disadvantage.
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).