Encouraging Attendance and Engagement in Parenting Programs: Developing a Smartphone Application with Fathers, for Fathers

Jul 2018 | Rekha Balu, Shawna Lee, and Samantha Steimle.

Introduction: Building Bridges and Bonds (B3), a study of Responsible Fatherhood programs, is testing a set of innovative approaches designed to help fathers advance their parenting and employment skills. One of these innovations is a new smartphone-based application called DadTime. DadTime is designed to support engagement with and attendance at a parenting program called Just Beginning, another B3 innovation.

This brief describes how MDRC collaborated with fathers - the intended users - to develop DadTime.

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