Overview of Our
research & evaluation program spans nearly a decade-and-a
“As a result of RIRO’s skills training programs,
both adults and children experience more positive relationships,
greater calmness and less stress, increased confidence and perseverance,
greater ability to ‘re-think’ challenging situations
before responding and a more positive and hopeful outlook.”
Since 2002, Reaching IN…Reaching OUT (RIRO) has been engaged in an ambitious, six-phase research and evaluation program. It has been an important part of the development of evidence-based programs and resources to support resilience and well-being in adults and young children.
More than 7,000 service
providers plus a growing number of parents have participated
in RIRO’s skills training programs. And more than 2,000
have participated in the evaluation of the impact of the skills
on their lives, work and the children around them.
Our report, RIRO Research & Evaluation Program: Description and Results Summary (2002-14), describes the six phases and ongoing evaluation and summarizes the results for each.
Taken together, the results show considerable consistency in key areas despite participants coming from different populations and geographically diverse locations.
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Reaching IN…Reaching OUT (RIRO) resiliency skills training works
"The skills have had positive effects on both me and the children. The skills help me to de-stress, put my thoughts together and think more clearly. And when the children see me calm and relaxed, they pick up on that vibe and feel calm and relaxed too." –MS (ECE- frontline)
Over the past 14 years, RIRO has learned what works when it comes to teaching skills and promoting "resilient" thinking and coping in adults and young children.
Founded in research
and guided by ongoing evaluation, RIRO has trained more than
250 professionals to become trainers. RIRO trainers have trained
over 7,000 service providers to use the skills with children,
families and co-workers.
How do RIRO skills help adults and children? To learn more, click here.
Bounce Back & Thrive! resiliency skills training – earns parent praise
"I came to this program with the hopes that I would be able to go from "Okay, let's just survive the day" to actually enjoying being a parent. And I have definitely made it there. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help myself and my kids get to this point." (a parent)
For 5 years,
we've been formally evaluating the effectiveness of Bounce Back
& Thrive! (BBT). BBT helps parents help their children build
the resilience necessary to handle life’s inevitable bumps
in the road.
To date, 561 parents attending 84
BBT groups in diverse communities have participated in our multi-site
pilot project and 3 subsequent evaluation studies.
They report positive
changes in their beliefs, attitudes and behavior and
are using their newly-acquired resiliency skills regularly
with their children. And the best part –
they've observed their children using the resiliency
skills with other children and adults. Because of these
positive changes, between 95-100% of the parents would
recommend BBT to other parents.
To learn more about how BBT helps parents and children, click here.