Evaluation of the FAST (Families and Schools Together) Programme in Scotland
FAST was a voluntary programme often based in primary schools and which encouraged whole families to attend. Although predominately based in areas with significant levels of deprivation, families were not targeted; instead the programme was universal and open to all families with children aged 3-8 years. The FAST programme consisted of eight weekly meetings in which parents and children take part in structured activities, shared mealtimes, play and peer support/interaction. The programme was led by a collaborative team of volunteer delivery partners including parents, community and school staff. The weekly FAST sessions were then followed up by FASTworks which consisted of parent-led monthly meetings. FASTworks aimed to strengthen positive links between schools, communities and parents in order to improve a child’s school-related performance, prevent behavioural problems and reduce risk.
The Robert Owen Centre was charged with identifying the factors that contribute to successful/unsuccessful early intervention family engagement practice in Scotland (with a focus on supporting children’s education) using a case study approach of FAST in four localities. The ROC team evaluation involved a combination of empirically gathered qualitative data and inclusion of previously gathered quantitative data.
Start and End Date
The evaluation was conducted in 2014 and 2015.
Funder and Funding amount
Save the Children - £22,860 including VAT
Chapman, C., Watters, N., Njiriani, N., Lowden, K., & Hall, S. (2015) Evaluation of the FAST programme. Robert Owen Centre.