News from the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
News from the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
FRPN Publishes New Measure for Fathers’ Engagement

The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) project team recently developed a new engagement measure designed for use in fatherhood programs. The measure assesses fathers' engagement with their children at different ages.

The measure was developed using data the FRPN collected from 646 low-income, mostly never married fathers and has been validated with a sample of fathers very similar to those served in U.S. responsible fatherhood programs.

Download the measure here.

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FRPN to Host Fourth Webinar — A Conversation with Researchers About New FRPN Outcome Measures for Nonresident Fathers

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST, the FRPN will host our fourth learning community webinar for fatherhood practitioners and researchers. The webinar will feature a roundtable discussion with researchers about the FRPN's new outcome measures for nonresident fathers. Registration details for this webinar will be announced on the FRPN website in the coming weeks.

Update on FRPN Request for Proposals

The FRPN will release our second request for proposals to support evaluation of fatherhood programs on January 2, 2016. The purpose of these grants is to increase the number and quality of evaluations of fatherhood programs and learn more about how to better serve low-income fathers, racial/ethnic minorities and other under-studied populations. Four projects were awarded grants through the first round of FRPN funding. Learn more about these projects here.

Letters of interest for the second round of FRPN funding are due by February 5. We will then notify selected applicants of their official invitation to submit a proposal. Full proposals are due by April 8 and award notifications will be distributed in June 2016. We anticipate distributing two-four awards of approximately $50,000 each and four-five awards of approximately $100,000 each.

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 latest brief, Fatherhood Programs and Intimate Partner Violence, explores the issue of intimate partner violence and how fatherhood programs can address parental conflict to educate fathers about the effects of violence on their children. It also provides several assessment tools for programs to use to screen for and identify intimate partner violence.

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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