News from the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
News from the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
Online Registration Now Open for January 2016 FRPN Webinar

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) will host our fourth learning community webinar for fatherhood practitioners and researchers. The webinar will feature a roundtable discussion with researchers about the FRPN’s new outcome measures for nonresident fathers. These measures are intended to serve as evaluation resources for responsible fatherhood programs.

The featured researchers for this webinar include:

  • Justin Dyer, PhD
  • Jay Fagan, PhD
  • Jessica Pearson, PhD
  • Rebecca Kaufman, MSW

Register for A Conversation with Researchers About New FRPN Outcome Measures for Nonresident Fathers here.

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FRPN Measurement Resources

Over the past year, the FRPN project team has developed four measures to be used to assess outcomes or moderating variables among fathers participating in fatherhood programs. Several of the measures include videos that provide a brief training on how to use each measure.

These measures were developed using data the FRPN collected from 646 low-income, mostly never married, nonresidential fathers and have been validated with a sample of fathers very similar to those served in U.S. responsible fatherhood programs. Each are promising, easy-to-use resources for fatherhood programs to incorporate in the evaluation of their programming and services.

The FRPN research measures include:

  • Measuring Fathers’ Engagement
  • Measuring Fathers’ Decision Making Responsibility
  • Measuring Fathers’ Challenges
  • Measuring Father-Child Contact

Download the FRPN measures here.

Timeline for Second FRPN Request for Proposals

As a reminder, the FRPN will release our second request for proposals to support evaluation of fatherhood programs on January 2, 2016. The purpose of these grants is to increase the number and quality of evaluations of fatherhood programs and learn more about how to better serve low-income fathers, racial/ethnic minorities and other under-studied populations.

Letters of interest for the second round of FRPN funding are due by February 5. We will then notify selected applicants of their official invitation to submit a proposal. Full proposals are due by April 8 and award notifications will be distributed in June 2016. We anticipate distributing two-four awards of approximately $50,000 each and four-five awards of approximately $100,000 each.

Stay tuned for a special edition of The Blueprint next month which will outline the application requirements for this request for proposals in greater detail.

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Upcoming FRPN Program Certificate Workshops

The FRPN will host several one-day certificate workshops at national and statewide fatherhood conferences in 2016.

Designed for practitioners, program managers and researchers, Program Evaluation 101 provides tools for strengthening fatherhood programs and boosting their potential for future funding. Participants will receive a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from Temple University. Licensed social workers will receive 5 social work Continuing Education Units (CEU). Breakout sessions include:

  • Establishing partnerships with programs and researchers
  • Recruitment and retention for effective fatherhood evaluation
  • Selecting outcome measures
  • Proposals and logic models
  • Types of evaluations: What is your program ready for?
  • Data: Collecting, managing and presenting results

Program Evaluation 101 will take place at the following conferences:

Contact Us to Learn More

FRPN Co-Director Jay Fagan, PhD | Professor, Temple University School of Social Work

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The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network is supported by grant #90PR0006 from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, Temple University and the Center for Policy Research and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.