Dear FRPN Listserv Member,
We are requesting your consultation and advice as we prepare to initiate a community-based mobile outreach program for expecting and new fathers
. With support from Text4Baby, a national text-messaging service for expecting/new moms, and through start-up funding from North Central College
(Naperville IL), we are taking preliminary steps to developing a corpus of text messages for fathers and then to test the messages with a sample of fathers from the Chicagoland area.
Here’s where we’d appreciate your help: we are contacting you to gauge your interest in reviewing the messages we develop and partnering with us to initiate the program. The messages contain advice and suggestions, grounded in evidence-based research, for dads to consider before and after baby is born. While we are familiar with research on father involvement, we believe the most valuable consultation comes from those who are connecting with dads on a daily basis.
We are near completion in developing a corpus of 50+ evidence-based text messages geared towards dads preparing for baby or caring for baby after birth. Upon completion, we would like to be able to send the draft of messages to you for your review. Your thoughts about content to add, edit, or remove would be so helpful as we prepare for the next step of our project: to recruit and send messages to fathers in the community.
The project is guided by principles of community-based participatory research. We value your partnership: If you are interested in collaborating with us on the project, please let us know by responding to this e-mail.
If you’d prefer to talk through the project to a greater extent, we would love to set up a phone conversation or face-to-face meeting. The principal investigator can be reached at (630) 637-5380
. More information, including a project narrative and sample text messages, can be viewed at www.text4dads.org
Regards and With Appreciation,