Temple University, in collaboration with the Center for Policy Research (CPR) in Denver, Colo., has launched the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). The FRPN – www.frpn.org - is being established through a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
The FRPN seeks to provide researchers and practitioners collaborative opportunities to evaluate fatherhood programs and communicate information that leads to effective fatherhood practice and evaluation research. The project will focus on three specific areas:
- fathers’ engagement with their children,
- economic security (fathers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families) and
- co-parenting/healthy relationships.
In addition to funding evaluation projects, FRPN will offer a variety of online and in-person technical assistance resources. It will also connect fatherhood practitioners and researchers based on geographic location and research interest.
The FRPN will allocate a total of $1.2 million to fund projects evaluating fatherhood programs, with $300,000 available for three to five selected projects now.