The Parenting and Family Research Alliance (PAFRA) is a multidisciplinary collaboration that brings together dedicated experts to conduct research, communication and advocacy pertaining to parenting, families and evidence-based parenting support (EBPS).
Our ongoing collaboration is enabled by the use of working groups, monthly whole-group meetings, cloud-based file sharing, email correspondence, and an inter-institutional Memorandum of Understanding. PAFRA is coordinated by a dedicated project officer, thanks to the support of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.
The aims of PAFRA are to:
Facilitate collaboration between parenting and family researchers and research centres.
Promote greater evidence-based public discourse about parenting and family matters.
Advocate with commonwealth, state, territory and local governments regarding policies and funding relating to parenting, families and EBPS.
Promote the translation of research findings into programs and services that benefit children, families and communities.
The primary activities of PAFRA are to:
Establish and maintain a research alliance that facilitates collaborative parenting and family research.
Develop standards and methods for training students and early career researchers in parenting studies and family psychology.
Release guides and position statements to help educate governments and communities about the scientific evidence and policy options around parenting, families and EBPS.
Develop science communication guidelines to facilitate appropriate media coverage of parenting and family matters.
Advocate for evidence-based policy and investment regarding parenting, families and EBPS.
Advocate for appropriate and transparent funding for research and research training regarding parenting, families and EBPS.