ERIC Number: ED435689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Evaluation Report for the Canadian Replication of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program.
Sass, James S.
Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a 2-year program beginning with 8 weeks of multiple family meetings and transitioning into a long-term follow-up segment called FASTWORKS. FAST uses tested family therapy principles, delinquency and substance-abuse strategies, psychiatric techniques, family systems theory, and group dynamics to give parents and children an opportunity to spend time together as they participate in the community. Most communities identify children who exhibit multiple risk factors, but parents can refer themselves to FAST. FAST uses a nonexperimental pretest-posttest evaluation design that focuses on initial outcomes and protective factors developed during the eight weekly sessions. Collaborative teams in Canada gathered evaluation data for 27 FAST programs from 15 elementary schools. The families of at least 212 children graduated from the program. Aggregate evaluation results indicate that these 27 FAST program cycles successfully achieved the immediate outcomes associated with the program. Parents and teachers reported statistically significant decreases in the child behavior problems, and families reported increased cohesion and maintained adaptability scores in the normal range. Qualitative responses on the program evaluation forms completed by family members indicated that program experiences were consistent with program goals. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Service Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).; Alliance for Children and Families, Milwaukee, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Canada