Sing & Grow : the co-existence of evaluation research and clinical practice in an early intervention music therapy project

Docherty, Louise, Nicholson, Jan, & Williams, Kate (2007) Sing & Grow : the co-existence of evaluation research and clinical practice in an early intervention music therapy project. New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, 5, pp. 1-16.

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Sing & Grow is a short term early intervention music therapy program for at risk families. Sing & Grow uses music to strengthen parent-child relationships by increasing positive parent-child interactions, assisting parents to bond with their children, and extending the repertoire of parents’ skills in relating to their child through interactive . Both the Australian and New Zealand governments are looking for evidence based research to highlight the effectiveness of funded programs in early childhood. As a government funded program, independent evaluation is a requirement of the delivery of the service. This paper explains the process involved in setting up and managing this large scale evaluation from engaging the evaluators and designing the project, to the data gathering stage. It describes the various challenges encountered and concludes that a highly collaborative and communicative partnership bet en researchers and clinicians is essential to ensure data can be gathered with minimal disturbance to clinical music therapy practice.

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ID Code: 45612
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: music therapy, early intervention
ISSN: 1176-3264
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 New Zealand Music Therapy
Deposited On: 04 Sep 2011 22:34
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 10:40

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