News from the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
News from the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
Upcoming Webinar: A Conversation with Researchers About Measuring Economic Security Outcomes in Fatherhood Programs

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Most fatherhood programs seek to improve economic security for participants and their children. This FRPN webinar will explore how outcomes, such as employment, earnings, child support payments and financial well-being, are measured using self-reports and agency records. The challenges associated with generating reliable information using each approach will be addressed. We will also discuss qualitative assessments of economic well-being that focus on stable housing, food security and other day-to-day indicators.

Speakers include:
Bret Barden, Research Associate, MDRC
Elaine Sorensen, Senior Advisor, US Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement
David J. Pate Jr, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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New FRPN Research Brief

The FRPN project team regularly publishes research briefs to assist fatherhood practitioners and researchers in measuring and evaluating paternal engagement, coparenting and economic security. Our most recent brief, Measuring Financial Support Provided by Fathers in Fatherhood Programs, offers an overview of how fatherhood programs can measure formal and informal child support provided by fathers for their children.

Measuring financial support can be challenging. This brief compares several measures that can be used to determine types of payments, frequency of payments and challenges fathers may face in adhering to child support orders.

New FRPN Research Measure: The Coparenting Relationship Scale

The FRPN Coparenting Relationship Scale is designed to assess fathers’ coparenting relationships with the mother of their non-residential children. This measure was validated with a sample of fathers very similar to those served in U.S. responsible fatherhood programs. Download the measure here.

OPRE Funding Opportunity

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a discretionary research-funding announcement — Family Strengthening Scholars.

This funding will support up to three grants of dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues (HMRF). These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for HMRF policy decision-making and program administration. They will also foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students.

Up to $25,000 may be awarded for each budget period. Letters of intent are due by May 9, 2016 and applications are due by June 6, 2016.

Learn more about this funding opportunity here.

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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.