Colorado Fatherhood Forums conducted in February 2014

Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative - Community Access Grant Evaluation

The following reports outline the work done by the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative through its $10 million, five year federal community access grant. The reports were conducted by The Lewin Group and include a comprehensive evaluation of fatherhood services in Colorado, the Be There for Your Kids public awareness campaign, spotlights of four community access funded programs and recommendations for continued fatherhood work in the state.

Helping Fathers and Neighborhood Partnerships: The Work of Community Access Grantees in the Responsible Fatherhood Program (PDF File) Colorado is included in this summary of Community Access Grantees

CLASP Data Finder This easy-to-use tool allows policymakers, advocates and others to download and synthesize information about various programs and trends that affect low-income individuals and families. The DataFinder currently includes state and national data on: child care assistance spending and participation; Head Start and Early Start participation; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) expenditures; young child demographics; and poverty. The tool also provides community-level statistics on education, demographics and youth violence.

Exploring the Needs of Teenage Fathers: a Qualitative Study by a Leadership Student at Regis University

Family and Preventive Services in Colorado, funded by The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and conducted by The Lewin Group and its Partners — the University of Colorado's Health Sciences Center (UCHSC), the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies (JHU) and Capital Research Corporation (CRC) are an in-depth study of the Colorado Works program. The studies were designed to provide administrators with information about program strategies and approaches used in various counties that others might find useful for improving program implementation, performance and outcomes. The Lewin team, in active consultation with CDHS officials and an Advisory Committee that included representatives of the counties and Colorado's advocacy community, developed the design of the reports.

KidsCount in Colorado!  A data initiative designed to assess the well-being of Colorado's children presents user-friendly state and county data, helping decision makers and advocates focus resources effectively for vulnerable children by identifying who they are, where they live, what puts them at risk and what helps prevent and combat problems they face. Click here to download the current and past reports. 

Outcomes of a Multi-Component Family Enrichment Project: 12-Month Follow-up (Adams County) Previous research has established that family enrichment programs work with a variety of populations (e.g., Hawkins, Stanley, Blanchard, & Albright, 2012). It is unclear if a multi-component program focusing on a variety of family outcomes can lead to lasting change. This study used growth modeling to examine effects of relationship (i.e., Within My Reach), parenting (i.e., Making Parenting a Pleasure), and financial enrichment (i.e., Spend Some, Save Some, Share Some) classes over 12 months. Results revealed improvement in family functioning at one year post for all three programs. Program specific improvements included relationship functioning and parenting alliance. Program participants reported overall satisfaction and gaining of valuable skills. Findings suggest these family enrichment programs can have long-lasting effects; potential reasons for sample success and implications are discussed.

Parents to Work! Program Outcomes and Economic Impact (PDF FIle)
The Center for Policy Research (CPR) Denver was the evaluator and technical assistance provider on Parents to Work, an employment program conducted by Arapahoe County Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Enforcement, the Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Center (ADW), and the Arapahoe District Court. The goal was to promote employment among unemployed and underemployed noncustodial parents (NCPs) with open child support cases to generate payments. CPR Denver found that members of the Parents to Work treatment group showed significantly better child support payment patterns, despite the fact that many faced serious barriers to employment.

Responsible Fatherhood State Profile: Colorado (PDF File) This report from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse details the healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood initiatives currently taking place in Colorado.

State Demography Office The State Demography Office is the primary state agency for population and demographic information. Its data are used by state agencies to forecast demand for facilities and services. These data are also used by local governments and non-profit organizations in the state to anticipate growth or decline and to plan and develop programs and community resources. The office makes the data publicly available on their website, answers requests for economic and demographic data and provides training workshops on accessing and using the data.