Impact and Outcomes

During 2014-15, HIPPY operated 24 sites across Canada, including seven Aboriginal and seventeen Multicultural HIPPY sites. We served 1,184 families and employed 104 Home Visitors, many of whom (62%) were once mothers in the HIPPY program.

HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the country, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents’ limited education or social isolation.

HIPPY started in Israel more than 30 years ago. Since then, it has been researched extensively in the United States and eight other countries. HIPPY USA is featured in the Social Impact Exchange, the S & I 100, an index of the 100 top U.S. nonprofit organizations creating social impact. In the past few years, the governments of New Zealand and Australia have funded major expansions of the HIPPY model based on the research studies showing positive parent and child outcomes.

HIPPY Children Demonstrate:

  • Improved academic performance in comparison to similarly situated children with positive outcomes for school readiness, reading ability and school behaviour.
  • Improved school readiness skills, school performance, English skills, self-esteem andself-confidence.

HIPPY Mothers Report:

  • Improved parent-child relationships, greater self-confidence, reduced isolation,improved opportunities for expanding social networks and social support.
  • Acquisition of skills necessary to work with her child, confidence in her role as her child’s teacher, improved language skills, greater participation in her child’s school, and more time spent with her child on learning activities.

HIPPY Home Visitors Benefit from:

  • Employment (often first-time) for mothers who typically experience multiple
    employment barriers.
  • Workplace training on HIPPY curriculum, community resource network systems, rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship, and employment skills.
  • Goal-setting and job-search support to transition Home Visitors to other jobs and/or higher education following their three-year work/learn position
  • Home Visitors, once isolated mothers, are now highly employable members
    of society who contribute to the economic well-being of their families and communities.

HIPPY Families and Community Benefit from:

  • Referrals to other public services as needed, including, for example, for job searches
    and training and health care.
  • Formation of HIPPY-sponsored parental networks and support of parents in
    community leadership roles.
  • Acquisition by mothers of skills, knowledge and experience to fully participate in social, economic and civil society.
  • Aboriginal HIPPY’s program offering a holistic, culturally-appropriate learning
    program for Aboriginal children and families both on- and off-reserve helping restore Aboriginal mothers to traditional roles in their family.

Download the HIPPY Canada Performance Management Results 2014-2015

Download the HIPPY Canada Performance Management Results 2013-2014

Download the HIPPY Canada Performance Management Results 2012-2013


Cost Benefit Analysis

The HIPPY program is a prevention AND intervention family literacy strategy supported by four foundational programmatic pillars:

1. Parents teach children;
2. Role play is used as the method of teaching;
3. Educational activities center around a highly structured, lock step curriculum;
4. Parents teach parents.

When melded together these components combine to create a potent remedy to many of the conditions contributing to inter-generational poverty that are not addressed through short-term unstructured interventions.

It is a long-term commitment – HIPPY works with parents for 30 weeks a year over three years consistently and systematically.

The HIPPY program breaks the cycle of poverty and low-level literacy by providing employment and training to multi-barriered individuals, improves adult literacy, prepares children for school, reduces social isolation and increases parental involvement in school. The model has been tested and demonstrated effective in several countries around the world in a wide variety of settings over a long period of time. The HIPPY program produces results!

There is good value for the money.
An average size HIPPY program costs around $150,000.

One Year Benefits per Site

Employment: 1 full-time coordinator
1,540 hours
5 part-time home visitors
3,500 hours
5,040 hours
Families Served: 5 home visitors 15 families (each)
75 families
Education & Training: Home visitor 150 hours (each)
7,750 hours
Parents 50 hours (each)
3,750 hours
Children 50 hours (each)
3,750 hours
15,250 hours


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