Impact Evaluation of the Nurturing Parenting Program Nurturing Skills for Families
Arizona Department of Child Safety
- When the Nurturing Parenting Program Nurturing Skills for Families (NPP) is experienced as it is intended—that is, families receive a full dose of the program and complete it—the program has favorable effects on child welfare outcomes among children and families in Arizona.
- Children whose families completed NPP had lower rates of investigations (into maltreatment) in the short-term.
- Children whose families completed NPP had a sustained reduction in removals from the home.
- The same positive impacts were not seen among children whose families were referred to, but did not complete, NPP as designed.
The Nurturing Parenting Program Nurturing Skills for Families (NPP) is a parent education program designed for families involved with the child welfare system. The program aims to promote child safety and reduce child maltreatment by strengthening parenting skills through a flexible sequence of lessons tailored to each family’s needs. Following a recent statewide implementation of NPP, the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) partnered with Mathematica to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in improving children’s welfare outcomes. This report shares the key findings from this evaluation.