Evaluation methodology and design
The PACT program is evaluated with pre and post implementation questionnaires, including the Parent Adolescent Communication Scale (PACS) (Olson, McCubbin, Barnes et al., 1985) and the Conflict Behaviour Questionnaire (CBQ) (Robin & Foster, 1989). The program is based on the Wise Ways to Win Conflict Resolution Model, an evidence-based, proven and effective method of resolving conflict and improving relationships between individuals, families and professionals. This Model has been incorporated into the VicParenting strategy, the Exploring Together Program for Adolescents and is currently being taught to parents as part of the National Illicit Drug Strategy, funded by Commonwealth Department of Social services.
Number of participants in the evaluated program
The program is divided into 4 group sessions. 25 participants (adolescents) are to attend the first two session, the third session involves their parents only, and the last session is a combined parent-adolescent evening, totalling 50 participants. The program is conducted with 2 leaders.
Are there measures in place to assess fidelity?
Evaluation using pre/post intervention assessment of participants noted improvements in conflict resolution and, to a lesser extent, communication skills.