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Fatherhood Programs Wanted for New FRPN Research Initiative

The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) is seeking fatherhood programs to participate in a new research project that aims to improve parenting and co-parenting. These programs should:

  • Work with mostly nonresidential, low-income fathers in a non-institutional setting; and
  • Use a manualized fatherhood curriculum, serve at least 125-150 fathers per year and have regular program cohorts of 10-15 fathers.

What participation entails:

  • Nonresidential fathers who enroll in a fatherhood program will be asked to provide contact information for mothers of their children with whom they would like to improve their co-parenting relationship.
  • Project staff will contact mothers and invite them to participate in Understanding Dads, a six-session group program for mothers.
  • Interested mothers will participate in an interactive, co-parenting program.
  • Fathers and mothers who participate in the project will complete three separate surveys administered at baseline, at the conclusion of the intervention and six months later.
  • Participating programs will be reimbursed for new programming costs associated with the co-parenting intervention, data collection activities and participant incentives.

What questions will the study answer?

  • What are the best approaches for involving mothers in a co-parenting intervention?
  • What are the characteristics of mothers and fathers who agree or do not agree to participate in the co-parenting intervention?
  • To what extent does the co-parenting intervention influence mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of their co-parenting relationships?

To learn more about this project or to participate, please contact FRPN Senior Research Coordinator, Rebecca Kaufman, at

Call for Published and Unpublished Evaluation Reports on Responsible Fatherhood Programs

Drs. Erin Holmes, Alan Hawkins and Kevin Shafer, with Brigham Young University, are looking for published and unpublished evaluations of fatherhood programs for a FRPN-funded meta-analytic study. These researchers are gathering information on evaluations of all responsible fatherhood programs that target nonresident and/or unmarried fathers. They are interested in studies that use a variety of research designs: studies with control groups or pre-post evaluations without a control group.

When their meta-analytic study is completed they will share the results widely with responsible fatherhood programs, practitioners and researchers.

If you know of an evaluation of a responsible fatherhood program that has been written up in a published or unpublished report, please email

FRPN Webinar: Achieving High Response Rates and Dealing with Missing Data in Fatherhood Evaluations

On Tuesday, June 13 at 12:00 p.m. EST, the FRPN will host a learning community webinar on improving response rates and handling missing data.

Webinar presenters will describe the various contact information and consents programs and researchers should collect at enrollment; effective ways of keeping in touch with respondents over time; statistical approaches to handling missing data; and how to interpret evaluation results considering different levels of missing data.

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View all seven of the FRPN webinars here.

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