Research and evaluation

We carry out high quality research on important social issues and evaluate the programs we deliver. This helps us identify what's working well and where there are gaps, so we can continually improve what we do, use the evidence to contribute to public debates about important issues and influence social change. You can search for our research and evaluation reports below. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us.

  • Mar 2016

    Supported playgroups for children from birth to five years – evidence brief

    By Parenting Research Centre Summarises the current state of knowledge about the impact of supported playgroups on outcomes for children from birth to five years.

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  • Mar 2016

    Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving social outcomes for children– evidence brief

    By Parenting Research Centre Describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve social outcomes for children.

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  • Mar 2016

    Interventions for parents and families: improving physical health and wellbeing outcomes for children – evidence brief

    By Parenting Research Centre Describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve child physical health and wellbeing outcomes.

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  • Mar 2016

    Interventions for parents and families: improving language, cognitive and communication outcomes for children– evidence brief

    By Parenting Research Centre Describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve language, cognitive and communication outcomes for children.

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  • Mar 2016

    Interventions for parents and families: improving emotional outcomes for children – evidence brief

    By Parenting Research Centre Describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve emotional outcomes for children.

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  • Feb 2016

    Early years centre evaluation - snapshot

    Key findings of an internal evaluation of The Benevolent Society's Early Years Centres in Browns Plains and North Gold Coast.

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  • Sep 2014

    A multi-agency research partnership to explore the effectiveness of a volunteer home visiting program to support vulnerable families

    By CHETRE UNSW, Good Beginnings Australia, The Benevolent Society, Karitane Describes the Volunteer Family Connect partnership to develop a best practice model of volunteer home visiting services for vulnerable families, and undertake an effectiveness trial and social return on investment analysis

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  • Sep 2014

    Shaping Brains evaluation - snapshot

    Key findings of an evaluation of the Shaping Brains program which draws on the principles of neuroplasticity to improve children’s social, emotional and educational wellbeing.

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  • May 2014

    Browns Plains and North Gold Coast Early Years Centres: Final Evaluation Report

    Final evaluation findings of an internal evaluation of the North Gold Coast and Brown Plains Early Years Centres.

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  • Mar 2014

    Putting the pieces in place: Children, communities and social capital

    Explored what children aged 8-12 think about their communities and how they might be improved. Research conducted by Dr Sharon Bessell and Prof Jan Mason in partnership with The Benevolent Society and NAPCAN

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