National evaluation of Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK)

The Parenting Research Centre is working with Australian Childhood Foundation to undertake an intensive evaluation of the generic Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) groups facilitated between July and December 2023.

As data is collected and analysed, information learned will be shared with everyone interested in what we are learning about BUGK, as a reflective, kind relational program.

We have recently worked through the program logic and data collection models available. As previously shared, we are looking at data collection models that will capture BUGK’s transformative power and parents’ self-efficacy.

The evaluation is now through the ethics process, and we are ready to invite BUGK facilitators to be part of the evaluation of generic BUGK groups.

We are very excited to invite you to be part of this comprehensive evaluation of BUGK.

You can participate in two ways:

1. Facilitating a generic BUGK group.
We are interested in knowing if you will be facilitating a BUGK group online or face to face, with the general population or with parents attending your service between July and December and would like to be involved in the evaluation of generic BUGK groups. If you are going to facilitate your BUGK group online one of the teams in the Parenting and Early Years program may be able to co-facilitate the group with you, or provide mentoring help to support the facilitation of your BUGK group.

2. Providing a control group.
If you are wanting to be part of the evaluation and can facilitate a BUGK group in the next 6 months. We are looking for parents in your area who will not have access to the BUGK materials and resources. This may be parents in a local early years program or on your waiting list for a BUGK group or any other group, or in your service and not receiving any BUGK information at all. They might be suitable for one of our control groups.

You will be supported every step of the way by the Parenting and Early Years team. We will support you to navigate the introductory forms and data collection from the parents, this may be possible online.

We will be on hand to answer queries and questions as they come up and please know, any question is welcome.

You can withdraw from the process at any time.

I look forward to hearing from you through the form below.

For any further information or queries, please contact Hanif at hjaberipour@childhood.org.au.


BUGK Expression of interest form

Probable date for your BUGK group?