Facilitate Updates

Creating centres of excellence in playful parenting in the Global South with a cohort of leading professorial researchers from and working in low-resource countries, and shifting expertise, leadership, and power from the Global North to the Global South.


ParentText and ParentApp teams (Maria Ambrosio, Lauren Baerecke, Abigail Ornellas) presented their study protocols with the GPI internal community on 17 May 2023 as part of the Research in Progress series.

A short synopsis of the event: with the emerging evidence of the effectiveness of digital, remote and hybrid delivery methods of parenting programmes in high-income countries, the ParentText and ParentApp teams will present their study protocols to illustrate their process to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using these models in LMICs. 



Reporting by Inge Vallance, GPI Head of Research

Our capacity-sharing activities under Facilitate have taken off in earnest over the past few months. We launched our Thai Positive Parenting Community of Practice, and our  Playful Learning Groups are now in full swing. Our Research in Progress sessions continue apace, with sessions covering open science, research uptake and child rights, and disability inclusion since August. Excitingly, the DSPI at University of Oxford has generously invited our GPI ECRs to audit Oxford Evidence-​Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation ​MSc courses.

Exciting opportunities to collaborate continue to come up, with  Sugira Muryango inviting our teams to join a symposium at the International Congress on Evidence-based Parenting Support.​ We also hosted a highly successful online R workshop from 19-28 October, covering working with data, using R markdown, as well as exploring and reporting data. Many thanks to Francisco Calderon, Maria Ambrosio, Stephanie Eagling-Peche, and Alexandra Blackwell for their excellent preparation, teaching, and guidance on this.