National evaluation of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) 2009–2011

22 September 2011

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).

The national evaluation investigated how the context of the 13 new program sites influenced the program’s design, implementation, uptake and overall acceptability, as well as its impact on the child’s school readiness, the parent–child relationship, and the parent’s and home tutor’s sense of well-being and social inclusion, as predictors of the child’s future wellbeing and social inclusion.

The largest multi-site evaluation of the program ever undertaken in Australia, it incorporated a quasi-experimental research design to measure program effectiveness by using a non-randomised comparison group derived from the Longitudinal Study of Australia Children (LSAC).

Learn more about HIPPY Australia »


Max Liddell, Tony Barnett, Fatoumata Diallo Roost and Juliet McEachran 2011, Investing in our future: an evaluation of the national rollout of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) final report (PDF file, 1.7 MB)


Tony Barnett, Fatoumata Diallo Roost and Juliet McEachran 2013, 'Evaluating the effectiveness of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), Family Matters, no. 91, pp. 25–35.

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