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  • Individual Author: Martinson, Karin; Trutko, John; Nightingale, Demetra Smith; Holcomb, Pamela A.; Barnow, Burt S.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2007

    This report describes the design and implementation of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstration projects. Operating in 13 sites across the country, PFF provided a range of services aimed at increasing the capacity of young, economically disadvantaged fathers in becoming financial and emotional resources to their children and sought to reduce poverty and welfare dependence. The report examines the programs’ structure and institutional partnerships; participant characteristics; recruitment and enrollment efforts; the nature of employment, peer support, parenting, and child support-related services provided through the initiatives; and implementation challenges and lessons. (author abstract)

    This report describes the design and implementation of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstration projects. Operating in 13 sites across the country, PFF provided a range of services aimed at increasing the capacity of young, economically disadvantaged fathers in becoming financial and emotional resources to their children and sought to reduce poverty and welfare dependence. The report examines the programs’ structure and institutional partnerships; participant characteristics; recruitment and enrollment efforts; the nature of employment, peer support, parenting, and child support-related services provided through the initiatives; and implementation challenges and lessons. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Fuger, Kathryn L.; Abel, Michael B.; Duke, Dianna L.; Newkirk, Melissa K.; Arnold, Jodi D.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2008

    Strengthening Families and Fatherhood: Children of Fathers in the Criminal Justice System, otherwise known as Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model, developed as an Innovation and Improvement Project (IIP), funded through the Office of Head Start. Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model (referred to in this document as Fathers for Life) addressed the priority area of Strengthening Families/Fatherhood of the President’s Head Start initiatives. Office of Head Start first awarded Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division (FSD) funding to develop a sound logic model and theory of change during a 9-month Planning Phase. During the 3-year Implementation Phase that followed, the logic model continued to develop as the project entered early stages of implementation. This report summarizes the project model and describes the results of these efforts in the state of Missouri, in the local communities in which it was instituted, and in the lives of the fathers who participated. Some concluding comments...

    Strengthening Families and Fatherhood: Children of Fathers in the Criminal Justice System, otherwise known as Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model, developed as an Innovation and Improvement Project (IIP), funded through the Office of Head Start. Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model (referred to in this document as Fathers for Life) addressed the priority area of Strengthening Families/Fatherhood of the President’s Head Start initiatives. Office of Head Start first awarded Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division (FSD) funding to develop a sound logic model and theory of change during a 9-month Planning Phase. During the 3-year Implementation Phase that followed, the logic model continued to develop as the project entered early stages of implementation. This report summarizes the project model and describes the results of these efforts in the state of Missouri, in the local communities in which it was instituted, and in the lives of the fathers who participated. Some concluding comments summarize the initiative, pose additional questions, and give suggestions for next steps. (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Economic Development Research Group
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2011

    This report presents a multi-method evaluation of the InsideOut Dad™ program in three Community Education Centers (CEC) Residential Reentry Centers in New Jersey. The current evaluation includes both quantitative and qualitative data in the form of participant surveys, institutional data collection, participant interviews, and stakeholder interviews. These methods are used to determine if the program has had an impact across a series of outcome measures...

    This report is presented in several sections. The remainder of this section provides a concise review of the research on the effects of parental incarceration and programs for fathers in prisons. The second section contains a brief summary of the components to the InsideOut Dad™ program and discusses two previous evaluations of the program conducted in Maryland and Ohio. The third section rephrases the purpose of the current evaluation. The fourth section details the methodology utilized within this evaluation. Data collection and analysis procedures are described in detail. In the fifth section, the quantitative results...

    This report presents a multi-method evaluation of the InsideOut Dad™ program in three Community Education Centers (CEC) Residential Reentry Centers in New Jersey. The current evaluation includes both quantitative and qualitative data in the form of participant surveys, institutional data collection, participant interviews, and stakeholder interviews. These methods are used to determine if the program has had an impact across a series of outcome measures...

    This report is presented in several sections. The remainder of this section provides a concise review of the research on the effects of parental incarceration and programs for fathers in prisons. The second section contains a brief summary of the components to the InsideOut Dad™ program and discusses two previous evaluations of the program conducted in Maryland and Ohio. The third section rephrases the purpose of the current evaluation. The fourth section details the methodology utilized within this evaluation. Data collection and analysis procedures are described in detail. In the fifth section, the quantitative results are presented and analyzed from survey and institutional data. The sixth section introduces the qualitative results of the study from interviews with participants and stakeholders. The seventh section describes the most important limitations associated with the study. The eighth section offers a conclusion that reiterates the main findings and implications of the current evaluation. The final section provides recommendations from the study. (author introduction)

    The original hyperlink to this resource has been removed by the publisher. You may obtain a single use PDF by emailing the SSRC at ssrc@opressrc.org.

  • Individual Author: Wakabayashi, Tomoko; Guskin, Karen A.; Watson, Jan; McGilly, Kate; Klinger, Larry L., Jr.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2011

    The Parents as Teachers Promoting Responsible Fatherhood project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of an adaptation of the Parents as Teachers model with low-income fathers as the primary target population. The project goal is to increase father involvement in Parents as Teachers services. Fathers who live with their children (residential fathers) who meet the income criteria (under 200% federal poverty level) were recruited to participate in a 12-week group meeting cycle lasting 3 months. During these 3 months, fathers also participated in home visits by Parents as Teachers certified home visitors.

    This report focuses on one successful program, “Dads in the Mix” provided through Parents and Teachers partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Dads in the Mix” uses the Parents as Teachers group meeting curriculum called Young Moms, Young Dads to deliver peer-facilitated fatherhood group meetings, and the Parents as Teachers home visiting curriculum for their home visits. Their implementation goals are: 1...

    The Parents as Teachers Promoting Responsible Fatherhood project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of an adaptation of the Parents as Teachers model with low-income fathers as the primary target population. The project goal is to increase father involvement in Parents as Teachers services. Fathers who live with their children (residential fathers) who meet the income criteria (under 200% federal poverty level) were recruited to participate in a 12-week group meeting cycle lasting 3 months. During these 3 months, fathers also participated in home visits by Parents as Teachers certified home visitors.

    This report focuses on one successful program, “Dads in the Mix” provided through Parents and Teachers partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Dads in the Mix” uses the Parents as Teachers group meeting curriculum called Young Moms, Young Dads to deliver peer-facilitated fatherhood group meetings, and the Parents as Teachers home visiting curriculum for their home visits. Their implementation goals are: 1) to expand services to as many fathers in the AIU3 service areas as possible; 2) to recruit at least 8-10 fathers per session and engage and retain 80% of the enrolled fathers so that they receive at least 8 hours of skill-based parenting education during their 12-week group meeting cycle; and 3) to complete a monthly home visit (3 times during the group meeting cycle) with 80% of the enrolled fathers. The program outcome goal was to have fathers become more involved in the lives of their children. (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Lindquist, Christine; McKay, Tasseli; Bir, Anupa
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2012

    This brief describes implementation findings from the evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP).  It documents approaches to teaching relationship skills among incarcerated and reentering fathers and their families.  The multi-year implementation and impact evaluation of the MFS-IP grants is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This brief was prepared by Christine Lindquist, Tasseli McKay, and Anupa Bir of RTI International, under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. (author abstract)

    This brief describes implementation findings from the evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP).  It documents approaches to teaching relationship skills among incarcerated and reentering fathers and their families.  The multi-year implementation and impact evaluation of the MFS-IP grants is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This brief was prepared by Christine Lindquist, Tasseli McKay, and Anupa Bir of RTI International, under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. (author abstract)

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