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Researchers from Ohio University received FRPN funding to conduct a mixed methods study exploring factors associated with retention, completion, and outcomes across seven Ohio fatherhood agencies. These research questions guided the study:
Through an exit survey, researchers asked quantitative and qualitative questions about fathers’ self-perception regarding domains related to relationships with their children, parenting classes or communication, child support, legal issues, employment, and referrals, education, or counseling.
Only about half of all the enrolled fathers completed the programming. Both qualitative and quantitative findings showed that the fathers who completed classes and received case management services were very satisfied with their relationships with staff and other fathers, the interventions they received, their overall experiences, and their outcomes. The data also indicated no compelling demographic differences between completers and noncompleters and no consistent outcomes associated with completion.