June 8 Webinar

A Free GIS Webinar

Innovate! Accelerate! Evaluate!

Harnessing implementation science to inform the evaluation of an inter-agency scale-up of parenting resources during COVID-19 for 152 million people

Presented live:  Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic impact on the lives of children. In addition to reduced social service provision, access to health care, and school closures affecting over 1.4 billion children, parents and other caregivers have been forced to provide 24/7 care alongside increased stress, illness and financial insecurity. This has resulted in increased risks of child abuse, poverty, poor nutrition, and mental health problems among other negative outcomes.

The COVID-19 Playful Parenting Emergency Response brought together a multi-agency emergency COVID-19 response to provide parents with a set of open-source parenting resources by condensing evidence from multiple RCTs of parenting programmes in Africa, Asia and Europe to promote playful, nurturing caregiving and to prevent violence against children based on. These resources were developed with UNICEF, WHO, and other partners and diversified for multiple delivery formats and distribution networks, with rapid scale-up reaching an estimated 152 million people in 182 countries by April 2021.

This webinar will share how the RE-AIM framework was used to evaluate to examine the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of the initiative. Quantitative and qualitative findings will be reported from global surveys, 11 country-level case studies, and interviews with implementers, parents, and adolescents. An interactive discussion will follow exploring challenges of building a rigorous evidence-base whilst responding to a global crisis.



Dr. Jamie M. Lachman
Senior Research Officer
University of Oxford

Dr Jamie M. Lachman has over 20 years of experience developing, testing, and scaling up family and parenting programmes to reduce violence against children and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries. He is a research officer at the University of Oxford Department of Social Policy and Intervention and a research fellow at the University of Glasgow MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. He is also the founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa and a co-founder of the Parenting for Lifelong Health initiative. The programmes and resources that Jamie has co-developed have reached over 134 million beneficiaries in 182 countries. He is also a storyteller, banjo-player, songwriter, facilitator, and clown. Dedicated to promoting our human capacity for peace and laughter, Jamie strives to live each day fully with compassion and amazement.