This developmental evaluation interrogates the lived experience of HIPPY tutors to understand how the program operates, and the impact on tutors during their period of employment.

HIPPY is a free two-year early learning program now operating in 100 communities in Australia that empowers parents and carers to be their children’s first teacher.

Despite the fact that HIPPY has been subject to extensive research and evaluation both in Australia and internationally, (see ACIL Allen Consulting 2018; Liddell et al. 2011; Goldstein 2017) the experiences of HIPPY tutors had not been studied extensively. The HIPPY Tutors Study aimed to remedy this gap. 

This study examines narratives from tutors and site coordinators using the Sensemaker methodology.



Final research report

By Julie Connolly and Roxanne Chaitowitz 2020

By enlisting and supporting parents as tutors, the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) creates a transitional labour market that helps these parents develop their goals and improve their job opportunities.

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Related research reports

By Julie Connolly and Shelley Mallett 2020

The most comprehensive study to date has investigated the impact of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) on the Australian children and parents who take part.

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