Evidence-Based Research

The Touchpoints approach has undergone a decade of extensive and in-depth evaluation of its effectiveness, applicability, and validity with a range of participants and organizations and across providers from a number of different disciplines.  In sum, Touchpoints works, and skills learned are maintained over time, with reflective practice.


Touchpoints training has proven effective in a variety of organizations and settings, from early care and education centers to tribal communities, child welfare services, and the public health sector.

Across a diverse sample of 25 sites in the US that underwent Touchpoints training, training participants gained considerable knowledge of Touchpoints skills and concepts, knowledge of child development as it relates to the Touchpoints developmental theory, and knowledge about relationships with families (Touchpoints Professional Development report, 2011).

This section describes some of the evidence to date showing that Touchpoints:

  • Significantly increases participants’ knowledge about child development as it relates to the Touchpoints developmental theory and about relationships with families
  • Improves parent-provider relationships
  • Improves provider relationships with each other
  • Enhances parent-infant relationships
  • Moderates parental stress in populations where parental stress tends to increase, on average, over time
  • Normalizes parent’s perceptions of their child’s behavior
  • Increases well-child care treatment adherence
  • Improves infant developmental outcomes
  • Improves maternal mental health indicators
  • Results in longer breastfeeding

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