About Families

The About Families partnership sought to ensure that the changing needs of parents, including families affected by disability, are met by providing accessible and relevant evidence to inform services. Over three years (2010 – 2013), About Families identified and investigated four key parenting topics and used an innovative ‘evidence to action cycle’ model to support a range of organisations and services to use evidence, and consult with service users, to inform service development. The project also piloted an Evidence Bank, which produced concise evidence reviews in direct response to family and disability service related research questions.

The topics investigated were:

1. Parenting Teenagers: relationships and behaviour (October 2010)
2. Together and Apart: supporting families through change (June 2011)
3. Parenting on a Low Income (March 2012)
4. Parenting and Support (October 2012)

A ‘mini-topic’ on kinship care was also devised to complement these topics and to explore how they could relate specifically to kinship care families.

For further information and learning from the About Families project, see:

About Families project report which:

  • outlines the ‘evidence to action’ model devised by About Families to facilitate using evidence in practice;
  • summarises key findings across the four topics explored;
  • offers case studies of how About Families supported organisations
    and services to use evidence in practice and consult with service users;
  • outlines the Evidence Bank; and
  • shares learning arising from the project.

About Families: what have we learned about evidence to action? offers a more detailed exploration of learning arising.

Full topic reports (with references) and briefings; Evidence Bank reports; case studies of action plans; action planning resources; and other publications produced by the project are available here.

About Families was a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), Capability Scotland and Parenting across Scotland. It was funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

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