The case for using administrative data to examine a population-based parenting intervention (pp. 115-124)
Authors: V Susan Dahinten, Rubab G Arim, Anne Gučvremont, and Dafna E Kohen
Abstract: This study aims to use community level, archived, population-based, administrative data sources to examine associations of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) with children’s and mothers’ outcomes. A non-randomized quasi-experimental design is used drawing on secondary data sources including anonymized administrative data from the two Ministries in British Columbia, Canada: Health and Education, as well as publicly available Census data from Statistics Canada, and Triple P administrative data from the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The population under study will consist of geographic areas with children younger than 16 years of age, and mothers from 14 “treatment” sites and 14 comparison sites matched on community characteristics from publicly available Canadian Census data. Hierarchical linear modeling will be used to examine differences for communities that participated in Triple P compared with the communities that did not. Outcomes measures from administrative data sources will include child: (a) school readiness; (b) educational outcomes (numeracy, reading, and writing skills); (c) behavior problems; (d) mental health conditions, and parent mental health. This population, area-based comparison of communities based on secondary analyses of administrative data will provide valuable information about outcomes associated with a universally implemented parenting program on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This study protocol can encourage others to explore the potential of secondary and particularly administrative data to address research questions and make a contribution to public health outcomes.
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