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An Evidence Framework to Improve Results  | Background Paper for the 2014 HAROLD RICHMAN PUBLIC POLICY SYMPOSIUM:THE FUTURE OF EVIDENCE Washington, DC | November 13, 2014 | Read more.

The Cost of Failure Revisited: Kid Connects Mental Health Consultation as a Cost Savings Investment Strategy (PDF FIle)
Kid Connects is an early childhood mental health consultation model designed for delivery in community child care centers and licensed family child care homes. This study builds upon the earlier research work by including 1) evidence regarding the effectiveness of Kid Connects, 2) data on average use of services, and 3) by using the effectiveness data to estimate the proportion of the service costs that might be averted. In this way, we estimate the potential for Kid Connects to avert costs in the long run.

Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S.(PDF File) This research brief, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, provides a national portrait of low-income Hispanic families in the U.S. Having a better understanding of these families will help programs and policymakers in their efforts to assist these families. 

Fathering: A journal of theory, research and practice about men as fathers
Fathering is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the promotion of knowledge about fathers and families as well as practice and outreach to fathers. The journal publishes original empirical (quantitative and/or qualitative) and theoretical papers as well as practice-oriented articles and analytic literature reviews. Fathering is intended for researchers, practitioners, teachers and students in the behavioral and social sciences and those whose research examines any intersection of men’s lives and the parenting role in the broadest sense. The journal considers scholarly submissions especially in the disciplines of psychology, human development, family studies, sociology, social work, demography, anthropology and social history.

The Fathering Indicators Framework: A tool for quantitative and qualitative analysis (PDF File)
The National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF) provides a detailed overview of the research and theory that informed the development of the Fathering Indicators Framework (FIF). The FIF was designed to help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers conceptualize, examine, and measure change in fathering behaviors in relation to child and family well-being. It may be adapted for multiple purposes and used with different populations of fathers.

Fatherhood Initiatives: Connecting Fathers to Their Children (PDF FIle)
A comprehensive report on the history of fatherhood initiatives in the US from Congressional Research Service

Research reports that outline research gaps and opportunities for future evaluation. Including:
  • Responsible Fatherhood
  • Economic Security
  • Co-Parenting 

A Good Opportunity to "Get Along"
Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Blog

Hidden Costs of Youth Incarceration Nationwide Estimated to Run between $8 Billion and $21 Billion Each Year This report from the Justice Policy Institute provides estimates of long-term costs of confinement on taxpayers and youth

The Implementation of the Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Projects
Sponsored by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Ford Foundation (with several other foundations also making contributions), the PFF demonstration was initially developed in 1996 with planning grants to 16 sites. Thirteen of these projects in nine states moved forward to the demonstration phase, operating from 2000 to 2003 and funded by federal (provided under a federal waiver) and foundation resources.

This report, the first of several from the national evaluation of PFF sponsored by HHS, describes the design and implementation of the 13 projects. The report is primarily based on discussions with staff from the program and key partners as well as focus groups with participants at each project. Subsequent reports will include case studies of selected fathers and their families and an analysis of economic and child support outcomes.

The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children
The Fatherhood User Manual, from the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Mama Says
A 2009 national survey of mothers' attitudes on fathering from the National Fatherhood Initiative. (PDF File)

Modern Parenthood: Roles of Moms and Dads Converge as They Balance Work and Family The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century. Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their “traditional” realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.

The One Hundred Billion Dollar Man
The Cost of Father Absence from the National Fatherhood Initiative. (PDF File)

Poverty Fact Sheet: Young Dads and Disadvantage | February 2014 Fact Sheet from The Institute for Research on Poverty (PDF File)

Practitioner Review: Engaging fathers – recommendations for a game change in parenting interventions based on a systematic review of the global evidence (The Journal of Child Ppychology and Psychiatry 2014)

President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: A Report of Recommendations to the President (PDF File)
Fatherhood and Healthy Families Task Force Report (March 2010)

Promoting Fathers' Engagement with Children: Preventative Interventions for Low-Income Families
Published in the July 31, 2009 issue of The Journal of Marriage and Family

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood (2005) The Annie E. Casey Foundation
This guide highlights the fact that fatherhood programs— no matter how effective—are insufficient in and of themselves, and stresses that the key is to link fathers and programs that support them to a broad range of family support and social services.

The State of America's Children 2010 Report
Published May 28, 2010 by the Children's Defense Fund

Taking the First Step: Using Behavioral Economics to Help Incarcerated Parents Apply for Child Support Order Modifications | Sept 2014 Report from MDRC

Theory and measures pertaining to the assessment of father involvement and co-parenting outcomes in fatherhood programs | Working paper by the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network

Tossed on a Sea of Change: A Status Update on the Responsible Fatherhood Field by Serena Klempin and Ronald B. Mincy (Center for Research on Fathers, Children adn Family Well-Being) 2012.

Voices of Young Fathers: The Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Projects
This report presents ethnographic case studies of eight young (age 19-26), unmarried, low-income fathers who participated in PFF demonstration initiatives located in Boston and Indianapolis. It is part of a multi-component evaluation sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services evaluation of the PFF demonstration projects. The evaluation also includes an implementation study and an analysis of participant child support payment and employment outcomes.

We Dream a World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys (PDF File)
The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys was formed to ensure that by the time black boys born in 2007 turn 18 (in 2025), the nation's policies and social mores will have changed drastically enough that collectively they will fare far better than today's young black men. We Dream A World sets forth a strategy to raise awareness, create local impact, and advance better policies to achieve this goal.

What Works for Mentoring Programs: LESSONS FROM EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATIONS OF PROGRAMS AND INTERVENTIONS (PDF File) Child Trends conducted a synthesis of experimental evaluations of 19 mentoring programs for children and youth, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, to determine how frequently these programs work to improve such outcomes as education, mentalhealth, peer and parent relationships, and behavior problems, and what lessons can be learned to improve outcomes.