I want to really applaud and welcome your idea. I see that you’re in the Research and Early Testing phase, and want to offer some comments and questions to prompt your thinking.
First, I really like that you’re starting with staff. I think it sets you up for a strong theory of how change will happen in the classroom. It suggests to me that your intervention is actually first targeting teachers. This would mean that your materials are geared for teachers, and also your evaluation would first look at change in teachers. After that had been established you would look towards how the behavior change happens for children. I also really appreciate that you’re taking the classroom environment into account. I think this is an often over-looked element that impacts behavior. Lastly, I really value that you are bringing this idea forward from your own lived experience in classrooms.
I would be curious to know if you have any early hypotheses about which factors could affect who benefits most and/or least from this intervention? Teachers’ own executive function or self-regulation skills before the intervention? A teacher’s years of experience? The set-up of the classroom? Is there anything about the program context? The answers to these can help you be more precise about why you’re seeing particular results. Following, how might you most effectively target your program to the caregivers or children most likely to benefit from it?
I encourage you to continue working towards being precise about the specific actions your program will take to achieve the desired changes. And also, what knowledge, skills, behaviors, beliefs and/or attitudes your program strategies will directly aim to change in the caregivers and/or children you work with.
This sounds like an interesting idea. You noted that you were still in the Research and Early Testing phase, so I wanted to offer a couple questions for reflection.
1. Have you spoken with parents in the housing project you wish to work in about what they perceive their needs to be? What is their take on this idea? Will they attend something at a library? What skills do they want to work on first? The MOMS partnership in New Haven has a beautiful model of how they first asked MOMs in the community about what they were struggling with, and then built a CBT course labeled as stress management.
2. What specific actions will your program take to achieve desired changes? I saw a lot about providing enrichment to children and information to parents, but I think more is implied based on the outcomes you’re seeking to reach. Can you be more specific about the actions and strategies you believe will lead to your desired outcomes?
3. What knowledge, skills, behaviors, beliefs and/or attitudes will your program strategies directly aim to change in the caregivers and/or children you work with? Can you be more clear about how providing enrichment and information, will lead to behavior change, will lead to changing the pipeline to foster care?
4. Do you have hypotheses about who might benefits most and/or least from your strategy?
5. How might you most effectively target your program to the caregivers or children most likely to benefit from it?