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Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT)
Program Effectiveness

"This program helps you realize how unique and special your children are.   It helps you think positive when life is not going your way." (a parent)

BBT skills training works

Celebrating "5 Years of Evaluation" (2010-2016)!
We've now completed the analyses of 5 years of formal evaluation data from 561 parents attending 84 BBT groups in diverse Canadian communities who completed the evaluation. Results from the three separate evaluation studies conducted after the pilot project have each confirmed the key findings from the original pilot (see details below).

Given the similar findings in each separate study, the results from the 3 evaluation studies and pilot are combined here in the following summaries:
Click here for 4-page summary of "5-year BBT Evaluation" (for service providers)
Click here for 1-page overview (for parents)

Pilot Project

Bounce Back & Thrive!
(BBT) analyzed data from the first BBT pilot groups in 2010 and completed its pilot phase in September 2012 (Phase 5). Adapted from the RIRO resiliency skills training program for service providers, BBT was designed to meet the needs of parents experiencing significant challenges. 161 parents participated in 18 BBT skills training pilot groups and 119 participated in both the pre- and post-training evaluation.

Results show a significant positive change in attitudes associated with resilience in parents as well as more positive attributions about their children and parenting. Parents with the least 'resilient' attitudes to start improved the most.

Parents identified the top ways the program helped them personally including:

  • reducing their stress level
  • finding positive things to appreciate in their lives
  • feeling more optimistic about the future
  • believing more in themselves and their abilities.

Feeling more confident about themselves as parents and having more concrete skills to use  with their children, parents rated the the 2-hour skills training sessions highly and reported that they are: 

  • using the resiliency skills regularly and modeling them with their children
  • experiencing a greater sense of calmness and control in their lives
  • becoming more hopeful about life
  • recognizing more strengths and positives in their children
  • more patient and have a better relationship with their children
  • seeing their children become calmer and more patient as well as more confident and perseverant.
  • observing their children use the resiliency skills with other children and adults.

100% of the parents say they would recommend the skills training to other parents.

To learn more about BBT’s pilot project evaluation method and results:
Click here for a 2-page summary of the "Pilot project" (for service providers)
Click here for a 1-page overview (for parents)

Ongoing Evaluation Studies (2012-2016)
To build BBT's evidence base, formal evaluation of BBT groups continued.

Phase 6: "Evaluation Study #1" (2012-13)
Data from the first 18 BBT groups (119 parents) completed since the pilot project were compiled and analyzed in Summer 2013. Results from these groups, offered in 17 communities by partner organizations, have confirmed the results of the original pilot project (see above).

The ongoing evaluation added the DASS-21 depression and stress subscales to those already administered to parents in the pilot. Results from these measures show:

...a statistically significant improvement in both depression and stress-related symptoms as well as attitudes related to resilience and parenting. And parents who scored most poorly on these three measures to start improved the most over the course of the program.

Click here for 4-page summary of "Evaluation Study #1" (for service providers)
Click here for 1-page overview (for parents)

Phase 6: "Evaluation Study #2" (2013-14)

Data from BBT groups held between Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 were analyzed in January 2015. Twenty-seven groups in 19 partner organizations participated in the formal evaluation.

Once again, key findings from the pilot project as well as the 1st ongoing evaluation study of BBT were confirmed. (See summaries below)

Click here for 4-page summary of "Evaluation Study #2" (for service providers);
Click here for 1-page overview (for parents)

Phase 6: "Evaluation Study #3" (2015-16)
21 BBT groups held between Winter 2013 and Spring 2016 were the focus of the August 2016 analyses. Twenty partner organizations participated in the formal evaluation.

Key findings from the pilot project as well as Evaluation Studies #1 & 2 (see above) were confirmed. (See summaries below)

Click here for 4-page summary of "Evaluation Study #3" (for service providers)
Click here for 1-page overview (for parents)

Summary Report of BBT and RIRO results from 2002-2014

Our report describing BBT (Phases 5 & 6) and Phases 1 to 4 of the research and evaluation of the RIRO Resiliency Skills Training Program as well as the ongoing follow-up evaluation is available.         Full report           Summary of report




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"I think BBT is very helpful and would recommend it to every parent. Not only did it help me and also my children, but it also helped me in my everyday schedule. I felt by me staying calm it made my kids change in a great way. This program was awesome." (a parent)

"This program helped me to understand so much about myself as a person as well as a parent. It helped me to understand my child's response to stress and emotions – their own and mine." (a parent)

"It opens our eyes to small things around us. It helps greatly to respond actively to negative situations in our lives instead of just emotionally reacting." (a parent)