Apple's Friends - Evaluation
Apple’s Friends has been developed and tested over a number of years. Children who have taken part in the programme showed ‘marked improvement’ in social skills, a ‘significant increase’ in positive coping strategies and ‘a significant reduction’ in negative strategies.
The renowned Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands conducted a randomized control trial, looking at the impact on children of completing both Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends. Overall, the results from this study are positive with both child self-report and parent report measures revealing a significant positive impact on children’s social, emotional and behavioural outcomes.
Whilst teacher reports did not show significant programme findings, results from the child-self report measures indicated a significant improvement in children’s emotional recognition skills and adaptive coping skills. In addition, parents also reported an improvement in children’s social and emotional skills, in particular, enhanced motivation and reduced externalising behaviour problems including hyperactivity and aggressive behaviour.
Apple’s Friends is now being made available more widely and we encourage all our partner agencies to conduct or commission their own evaluation studies, to look at how successfully the programme is implemented and to measure its benefits for children.