Evaluation of programs is central to Overcoming Barriers’ mission.  Starting with the first pilot Family Camp program in 2008 we collected data through pre and post surveys of families and in 2013 we began a collaboration with Dr. Michael Saini to evaluate programs more thoroughly moving forward. (Survey)

Collaboration with Dr. Saini, University of Toronto

Dr. Michael Saini, Associate Professor of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto (visit website) is collaborating with OCB to develop, implement and analyze the evaluation of Overcoming Barriers’ programs.

Presentation at AFCC National Conferences

2017: Drs. Robin Deutsch, Matt Sullivan and Peggie Ward presented the workshop  “Ten Years Later: Research and Practice Informed Work with High Conflict Families” at the 2017 AFCC National Conference in Boston.

2015: Dr. Saini, Sevil Deljavan, Ph.D. (student), and Dr. Deutsch, presented “An Exploration of Children’s Experiences in the Overcoming Barriers Family Camp” at the 2015  AFCC National Conference in New Orleans.  View or download a PDF of the 2015 OBFC Poster here.

2014: Dr. Saini and Shely Polak Ph.D. (candidate) and Dr. Deutsch presented “An Evaluation Study of the Overcoming Barriers Family Camp at the 2014 AFCC National Conference in Toronto.  View or download a PDF of the 2014 OBFC Poster here.

Overview of Evaluation

The development and implementation of the evaluation meets the urgent need to ensure that services offered to families involved in family courts are based on evidence-informed principles and guided by quality assurance for providing both efficient and effective services to help families resolve their disputes.

Look at this resource for understand Research in Social Science:

AFCC Guidelines for the Use of Social Science Research in Family Law

Reasons why this evaluation project is especially valuable in the field:

  1. The project is managed by an experienced and highly respected third party
  2. The evaluation looks at participants pre- and post-intervention attitudes and beliefs
  3. The project includes the voice of the child

Family Camp Pilot Program 2008-2010

Overcoming Barriers conducted exit interviews with participants and collected evaluations at the 2008-2010 Family Camp programs.  A detailed description of the components of Family Camp and the results of the first three years of surveys were written up by Drs. Deutsch, Sullivan and Ward and published in the OBFC.FAMILY COURT REVIEW ARTICLE.