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Gabriel Piña, Kristin Anderson Moore, Vanessa Sacks, Alison McClay
The SIRF Study is using rapid learning methods to strengthen fatherhood programs and build evidence on promising practices to improve the recruitment, engagement, and retention of fathers in program activities. This practitioner-focused brief shares the results of a literature scan designed to identify common barriers to participation that affect fatherhood programs, along with promising approaches that programs have tried or considered to address the challenges.
HMRF Newsletter Issue 11
In This Issue:
Three New Reports and a Synthesis Brief with the Final Results from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) Evaluation
The Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) study released impact findings on the three interventions tested: the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Justice Involved Individuals Seeking Employment (CBI-Emp) study which tested the effects on fathers’ employment, criminal justice system involvement, and relationships with coparents; the Just Beginning study which tested the effects on father-child relationships; and the DadTime study which explored the feasibility, usability, and impact of a smartphone app to promote fathers’ attendance in a parenting intervention. Three separate reports describe the implementation, impact, and cost findings for each intervention tested. A syntheis brief summarizes the lessons across the three studies.
For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis.
The DadTime study adds to a growing field of research on the use of technology to promote engagement in services. The report includes important insights for programs interested in designing and implementing a smartphone app to promote father engagement. Key tips include:
The CBI-Emp and Just Beginning curricula tested in B3 built on emerging innovations and evidence in the fatherhood field about what fathers may want and need from community-based programs. Below are cross-cutting lessons from the B3 tests of CBI-Emp and Just Beginning:
For more practitioner-oriented resources from the B3 project, please visit the B3 project’s webpage.
B3 Study Releases New Toolkit for Fatherhood Programs Interested in Implementing New Program Components or Services
A new toolkit from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) evaluation provides fatherhood program practitioners with user-friendly, hands-on resources to support implementation of new program components or services within existing fatherhood programs. The resources include a set of downloadable tools along with an interactive web-based brief and a longer resource document to support use of the tools.
For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis.
This toolkit describes and provides specific resources to support three key phases of adding new program components into existing services:
Two Impact Reports Published from Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
Explore two impact reports from the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS): the one-year impact findings of MotherWise, a healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program designed to serve expectant and new mothers with low incomes in Denver, Colorado and the one-year impact findings from the Empowering Families healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program, which integrated economic stability services with HMRE content for couples with low incomes raising children together. In addition to describing the programs’ impacts after one year, the reports also provide information on program implementation and costs and document the study methods.
For more information, contact Samantha Illangasekare.
Considerations for programs working with pregnant or parenting mothers:
Considerations for programs working with adult couples:
Final Reports in the 2015-2020 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantee Cohort from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project
Explore four new reports from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project that present final results of the analysis of the 2015 cohort of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees using nFORM data. Separate reports summarize findings for healthy marriage grantees serving adults, healthy marriage grantees serving youth, and responsible fatherhood grantees, along with an overarching technical appendix which includes supplementary findings. The reports address how grantees reached potential clients, the services they provided, how they supported staff, the challenges they faced in implementing their programs, the characteristics of the clients they served, and how clients changed from the beginning to the end of the program.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE
In a recent community forum, members of the FaMLE and Cross-Site Project team showcased the results from the final cross-site analysis of nFORM data from the 2015 HMRF grantee cohort. Research and program experts discussed the findings and their implications for HMRF programs and the field more broadly. The recording and presentation slides can be found here.
Highlights from the Second Meeting of the FRAMING Research Project’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Groups
Explore highlights from OPRE's second FRAMING Research Technical Workgroup (TWG) convenings, which brought together research and practice experts to discuss healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) and responsible fatherhood (RF) programming, research, and evaluation. The HMRE TWG report summarizes their discussion of the challenges of implementing HMRE programs for youth and individual adults, building the evidence base for the effectiveness of these programs, and five top priorities they identified for future work. The RF TWG report summarizes their discussion of implementation and impacts of programs designed to improve the economic stability of fathers with a history of criminal justice involvement, barriers these fathers face in trying to be involved fathers, and ways programs can help fathers overcome these barriers. The RF TWG also identified four top priorities for future work.
The purpose of this newsletter is to connect with researchers, curriculum developers, practitioners, service providers, and other community partners or collaborators to share knowledge about Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) research and evaluation.
This newsletter adds to the sources of information that exist on HMRF programs, services, curricula, and practices by specifically focusing on research and evaluation conducted by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in conjunction with the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), both within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
For more information about OPRE’s HMRF research and evaluation portfolio, please contact Katie.Pahigiannis@acf.hhs.gov.
Sydney J. Briggs, April Wilson, Mindy E. Scott, and Deja Logan
This report from the Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research) project provides practical guidance to Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) researchers on how to engage community members in designing and conducting evaluations of HMRF programs. It includes common frameworks for engaging community members in research, strategies that HMRF researchers can use to apply these frameworks, challenges that could affect researchers’ ability to implement these engagement strategies, and some possible solutions to those challenges.