FAST programmes have a strong research foundation and aim to achieve positive outcomes for children and families through evidence-based practice. The key outcomes expected for FAST schools is:
• Improve children’s behaviour, emotional well-being and academic performance.
• Strengthen families and increase parent empowerment.
• Improve education and increase parental engagement with the school.
• Build social capital.
Each process and activity is designed to respect FAST participants while adhering to the core research base. FAST continues to evolve and improve by integrating new scientific findings into the programme structure. The programme’s theoretical links include:
• Social ecology of child development
• Family stress theory
• Family systems theory
• Parent empowerment
• Community development
• Neuroscience and brain development
• Social capital
• Risk and resiliency