Families Make the Difference

Apr 14, 2014 |

On April 11, 2014, USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) hosted a seminar called Families Make the Difference. The event gathered academics, donors, policymakers and practitioners interested in the effect of parenting programs on child outcomes. During the first panel, results from DCOF-supported IRC parenting programs in Thailand and Burundi were presented by IRC’s Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Amanda Sim, and IRC’s Research Evaluation and Learning Director, Jeanie Annan. This was followed by a second panel featuring a broader dialogue around critical issues related to the effectiveness of parenting programs, policy and research implications in the context of low- and middle-income settings.

Panel discussants included Theresa Betancourt, Director, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity François-Xavier Bagnoud, Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Joan Lombardi, Senior Advisor to the Buffett Early Childhood Fund on national initiatives and to the Bernard van Leer Foundation on global child development strategies; Eve S. Puffer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Duke University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke Global Health Institute; and Gary Barker, International Director, Promundo.

The panel event was broadcasted live via the web, with more than 500 viewers from several countries, including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Lesotho, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Watch the taped recording of Families Make the Difference.