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Kids Matter is committed to research into the effectiveness of our 3 programmes. We work with Clinical Psychologists and research experts to ensure rigorous evaluation and continuous measurement of our impact.


SINCE 2017



Our Impact Report

December 2021 marked the end of a full year of Covid impact on us all. Far from seeing the back of the pandemic, we are beginning to really experience its full impact, particularly for the most vulnerable in society: children being raised in poverty. Read our Impact Report for more details and stories of how Kids Matter has made a difference in 2021.

What we measure?

We are keen to ensure that our parents are more confident in their parenting and are able to improve their own well-being, as we know both of these are key to bringing about change in family functioning and child behaviour.

 We measure our impact both qualitatively (through parents’ stories and quotes) and quantitatively through two standardised measures:

WEMWBS (Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale, Tennant et. al., 2007) – Newly introduced to Kids Matter programme to measure parental well-being


TOPSE (Tool of Parental Self Efficacy, Bloomfield & Kendall 2007) to measure parental confidence.

We also check in with parents using our own My Parenting Journey (Non-standardised measure).


TOPSE (Tool of Parental Self Efficacy, Bloomfield and Kendall (2007))
Measures changes in parental self efficacy which in turn improves family functioning, parent-child relationship and consequently child behaviour. It is divided into 8 domains each measuring an aspect of parental confidence. The graph shows significant improvement across all 8 domains which is outstanding particularly for a peer-led, community-based programme.


The WEMWBS is a measure of parental well-being. The graph shows that parents started the groups with their mental health measuring at below the national average. By the end of the group their mental well being improved to match the national average and stayed that way even at a 3 month follow up.

Our Impact: My Parenting Journey

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of parents say the programme has helped them and their hopes were met

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of parents play with their children more

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of parents listen and encourage more

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of parents manage their children better

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of parents would recommend to a friend

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of parents finished the 6 weeks improved confidence

Our Impact: Theory of Change

Click below to read Kids Matter’s Theory of Change.

Our Impact: Parent Quotes

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I have noticed a big difference with my daughter now that I am praising her more – she used to be so quiet and now she is talking all of the time!

Mum in community

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It follows to the wings – we talk about what we’ve discussed with each other. Before the course we didn’t talk about our kids.

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Click below to read a peer reviewed paper published by Dr Eli Gardner reporting the findings of the evaluation of The Parenting Children Course that Kids Matter is based on.

For further information please contact Dr Eli Gardner,

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