Cost of Implementation

Costs Associated with a Connect Parent Group

Effective interventions must also be cost efficient. Connect is a low cost effective intervention to support parents and caregivers of pre-teen and teens at risk for problem behavior. The cost of running the program varies slightly between communities, but you will need to consider all of the items outlined below and what they will cost in your community.

 
Leaders Food Transportation Childcare Venue
The greatest expense is group leader wages. This cost will vary depending on group leaders’ professional rates and required time. Leaders “in training” require more time to prepare and run groups.

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Leaders running their first group are supervised by a certified Connect supervisor. Review of the session tape, preparation and completion of supervision requires approximately 3 hours per week above and beyond running the group itself. After certification leaders require substantially less time to run the group. On average leaders “in training” need a minimum of 8 hours per week to run a group; on average experienced leaders need only 3 hours per week.

Connect groups are strongly encouraged to offer food and beverages to participants. Providing food helps to ensure that participants can attend the group on the way home from work if need be.

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Food also serves as an important symbol of comfort and support for parents. Food prices and options vary significantly among groups. Some leaders shop at their local grocer – buying and preparing food themselves –others have sandwich trays made by caterers. One group set up a contract with a local school whose culinary students prepared the meal.
Transportation needs are discussed with caregivers at the pre-inclusion interview. Participants who require assistance attending the group location should be supported as much as possible.

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 The gesture of offering transportation assistance is particularly important to participants, despite experience that this has not been frequently required. Allocating some contingency money is prudent. Some groups provide clients with bus tickets, while others offer money for taxis; budgetary allowances will depend on the group’s clientele and needs.
Childcare is also an issue which is discussed with caregivers at the pre-inclusion interview. Participant needs will vary from community to community, but once again the offer of this type of support is symbolically important.

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  Some groups utilize workplace supports while others subsidize childcare costs for parents who require financial assistance.
Most groups are able to use their own workspace venues to run groups. For groups where this is not an option, group leaders are encouraged to approach schools or community centres or churches

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where space is rented for a very modest fee.