Parents 1st is a social enterprise dedicated to early prevention by building asset based peer support during the key life transition of pregnancy, birth and post birth. This is achieved through working with volunteers, building relationships and working collaboratively with the organisations and communities it works in.
What CSAIF funded: Parents 1st were awarded £395,000 (of which £50,000 was ringfenced for evaluation). This was used to build their capacity to scale so that they could reach many more parents and families. View the full impact evaluation.
Level on Standards: Level 2 - they have captured data that shows positive change, but cannot confirm they caused this.
Aim: Parents 1st’s evaluation aimed to better understand the impact of their asset based peer support initiative across two geographical sites (Essex and the Isle of Dogs).
Why is it a Level 2 Evaluation?
With support from Renaisi, Parents 1st has delivered an evaluation that suggests a positive change over time for the people that it supports, using appropriate tools. Though it would be beneficial to maximise the participant response rate going forward, it is high enough to assume that the findings are somewhat representative of all the parents supported by the programme.
Progress: Parents 1st had already achieved Level 2 on the Standards through their prior evaluation work, and so the purpose of this evaluation project was to refine the data collection tools and methods to better suit the individually tailored peer support provided. This enables Parents 1st to track more systematically how resilience, confidence and parenting capacity are built across multiple domains. By embedding the new framework, Parents 1st hope to make clearer statements to commissioners and others as the organisation continues its journey to scale. .