The Goshen organization in a learning organization, that advocates data and research based action. This is why we are constantly researching and learning relevant topics, and focusing on the needs of parent who are not receiving what they need, in policy and evaluation.
Goshen focuses on a number of research paths:
Research in topics relevant to child health and development, including factors that influence children’s health, development and learning, as well as applied research for understanding the parents’ needs, the options they are provided with as part of the services, and the differences between the two.
The first research was recently completed, funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research, and it examined the differences between the perceptions of parent’s and the pediatricians in the community’s regarding answering the children’s and families’ needs.
A qualitative research is currently in its final stage, and as part of it doctors were interviewed regarding their professional identity, their work, their needs and the barriers standing in their way to applying community pediatrics practices.
As part of the “Parenting in My Language” field, a comprehensive research was conducted among professionals, with the goal being to check how they perceive the values, strengths and needs of parents to children from various demographic groups. At the same time, we are currently conducting and qualitative research in which we are interviewing parents so that we can learn from them about their parenting experience, their needs and barriers as parents when asking for help and receiving information on issues regarding parenting.
Supportive and formative evaluation – We evaluate Goshen’s various activities so that we can develop, constantly learn and improve, and to check whether or not these activities achieve the desired results. Also, Goshen participates in the evaluation processes of various community programs.
Preforming literature reviews based on areas on interest, and adapting them to various target audiences, including parents and policy makers. As part of the initiative at the Tipot Halav, we performed an extensive literature review regarding advanced nurse training processes, a well as research-based practices and models for promoting parental behaviors in the fields of emotional regulation, language and literacy, playing and playability, and parental emotional welfare. These reviews serve as a professional and scientific infrastructure for the development of models and intervention programs, that have been implemented at Tipat Halav stations as part of the program.
Research about parenting and parental characteristics in various cultural contexts, that’s goal is to deepen the understanding of parental behavior and develop services that are culturally fitted and sensitive.
–Using these tools we’ll be able to use data, research tools and founded knowledge to outline and influence public policy regarding children and their parents.