Sing&Grow Research & Evaluation

Sing&Grow is making a difference in many ways – it is BUILDING community.
— Coordinator, East Devonport Child and Family Centre

Current Sing&Grow Research Projects

1. The impact of Sing&Grow on the development of child self-regulation skills (Queensland University of Technology)

Sing&Grow is committed to best practice through research and acknowledges a sector and policy need for more empirical studies exploring the effectiveness of parenting interventions.  Regular updates will be provided via this website on Sing&Grow research findings to date and more information can be obtained by contacting us.


Sing&Grow Publications

Williams, K. E., Berthelsen, D., Nicholson, J., Walker, S., & Abad, V. (2012). The Effectiveness of a Short-Term Group Music Therapy Intervention for Parents Who Have a Child with a Disability. Journal of music therapy, 49(1), 23-44.

Nicholson, J. M., Berthelsen, D., Williams, K. E., & Abad, V. (2010). National Study of an Early Parenting Intervention: Implementation Differences on Parent and Child Outcomes. Parenting Program Implementation. Prevention Science, 11(4), 360-370.

Nicholson, J. M., Berthelsen, D., Abad, V., Williams, K., & Bradley, J. (2008). Impact of music therapy to promote positive parenting and child development. Journal of Health Psychology, 13(2), 226-238.

Community Partnerships

From July 2012 – December 2013, Sing&Grow conducted a thorough evaluation of its innovative Community Placement Model (now Community Partnership).  799 families participated in Community Placements within the data collection period and the following summary highlights evaluation impact outcomes of the service.  

Parents recorded statistically significant pre to post intervention improvements in:

  • Knowledge of using music to support parenting (ie: to stimulate child development, to manage behaviour, to soothe and calm their child)
  • Confidence to use music with children
  • Use of music with children in the home
  • General play or activities with children in the home
  • Feelings of trust in support staff from collaborating agencies
  • Knowledge of where to find, and confidence to seek, future family support
  • Feelings of parents as first teachers

Parents also reported that participation in Sing&Grow had taught them about child development (100%), taught them new parenting strategies (96-99%) and improved their relationship with their child (98%).

Feedback from Host Organisation Staff indicated that Sing&Grow Community Placements:

  • Provided them with new ideas for working with families (100%)
  • Helped improve their rapport with client families (95%)
  • Encouraged them to use more music in their practice (100%)
  • Provided them with extra information on family strengths and weaknesses (95%)
  • Built the organisation’s capacity to engage with families (95%)
  • Were highly accessible to families (100%)
  • Increased participation in services by families (95%)
  • Were able to meet the needs of families at that point in time (100%)
  • Improved parents confidence to engage in other supports (100%)
Sing&Grow has given me a reason to get myself and my children out of bed in the morning, the kids love it!
— Sing&Grow parent, Tasmania