An evaluation by randomised controlled trial of the KiVa bullying prevention programme
Project lead: Nick Axford, PhD
KiVa is an evidence-based bullying prevention programme for children aged 7-15 that was developed at the University of Turku, Finland. It is being implemented in 20 primary schools across Wales. Schools are randomly allocated to implement KiVa in the first year (Phase 1) or the second year (Phase 2).
The randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluation assesses the programme’s impact on bullying, victimisation, pupil emotional well-being and school attendance.
The project also involves developing a model to enable the programme to be rolled out across Wales. This entails consultation with policy makers, anti-bullying NGOs, teachers, and parents and children.
Our role is divided into three parts. First, we are collecting and analysing teacher and pupil data on the main outcomes, namely bullying, victimisation, emotional well-being and school attendance.
Second, we are measuring and analysing data on implementation fidelity at the class and school levels, using teacher self-report and observation respectively.
Third, we are conducting and analysing focus groups on scale-up issues with key stakeholders, focusing on how to build demand for the programme, the programme’s fit with the cultural context and school curriculum in Wales, and how to support implementation in a way that ensures quality while also being affordable.
Funders and collaborators
- Centre for Evidence-based Early Intervention, Bangor University
- Centre for Health Economics, Bangor University
- Children’s Early Intervention Trust
- University of Turku, Finland
Duration: March 2013 - October 2015
Outputs and resources
The study protocol is available here.
Articles focusing on study findings will be submitted in late 2015 and early 2016 for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Involving parents in school-based programmes to prevent and reduce bullying: what effect does it have?/ Resource
A journal article on how and why school-based programmes to prevent or reduce bullying involve parents, and what impact involving parents has on bullying.
Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the KiVa bullying prevention programme/ Paper
An article describing the aims and method of a randomised controlled trial of the KiVa bullying prevention programme with an embedded process evaluation and calculation of unit costs.