Join the Active Parenting: First Five Years
National Research Study 

Participation incentives are available!

First, if you are an early adopter of our newest curriculum, Active Parenting: First Five Years, thank you! We are excited about the feedback we have already received from many of you, and we hope that the program will serve you and the families you reach with it for many years to come.

As you know, it is more important than ever to provide evidence of effectiveness for what we do in parenting education. Some of you depend on this for funding. All of us benefit from adding to the scientific base of parenting education. For these reasons I am asking for your participation in our first national study on the effectiveness of this groundbreaking program.

We are fortunate to be working with an experienced group of researchers from Oklahoma State University (OSU) to make sure this effort is conducted according to the rigorous standards of groups like the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and other important lists. The OSU team has selected a short battery of reliable and valid measures which we ask that you administer to the parents in your groups in the form of a survey.

You can participate either with or without a control group. Either way, both the leader and parents can earn participation incentives (though you earn the most incentives by having a control group). These include:
  • Free parent's guides and Active Parenting store credit for leaders
  • gift cards up to $40 in value for each parent
Incentives are earned by completing steps of the study process.  

If you participate without a control group, you administer the survey to parents 2 times: Once as a Pre-Survey at the beginning of Session 1, and again as a Post-Survey at the end of Session 4.

If you participate with a control group, you would also need to conduct an Orientation session 3 to 4 weeks before your First Five Years course begins and administer a Control Survey to parents. You would not present any program-related information to parents until Session 1 begins.

If you are interested in participating in the research study now or might want to participate in the future, just click "Next" at the bottom of this page and submit a completed form.

In order to participate, you or your organization will need to have purchased the Active Parenting: First Five Years program. We will mail you a Study Packet containing the other materials you will need to participate.

You will be able to use your group's individual results for your own program evaluation, and we will also send you a copy of the overall field test results.

Thank you again for choosing Active Parenting: First Five Years as part of your parenting education efforts. I hope you will join us in proving the evidence that will help make this program available to all who need it.


Dr. Michael H. Popkin
President and Founder
ActiveParenting Publishers