A new funding opportunity and an upcoming webinar
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New Funding Opportunity
Last month, the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) announced our third request for proposals (RFP). As a reminder, this RFP is intended to support exploratory and descriptive research that will provide insights into previously unstudied or understudied areas. We expect to make three to six awards of approximately $20,000 to $50,000.

Proposed studies should consider innovative programs or interventions related to coparenting, employment and economic security, and/or father engagement and effective parenting for low-income fathers.

Eligible applicants include:
  • Researchers, fatherhood practitioners or researcher-practitioner teams.
  • Researchers and practitioners from underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Early career investigators with requisite evaluation skills are also welcome to apply.
Next steps:
  • Learn more about the types of studies that may receive funding and download the FRPN RFP here.
  • Submit a two-page letter of interest by September 30, 2016.
  • If selected, submit a full proposal (12 pages) by November 18, 2016.
  • Funded projects begin January 2, 2017 and last up to 18 months.
Please direct any questions about this funding opportunity to Rebecca Kaufman, FRPN senior research coordinator, at rebecca.kaufman@temple.edu.

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Advancements in technology are changing the way we communicate with each other and can also have a profound impact in the recruitment and engagement of individuals in human services programs. Using Cellphone Technology in Fatherhood Programs and Research features four presenters who will discuss their successful use of technology in human services or fatherhood programming.

Engaging low-income parents in school nutrition through the use of text messaging
This presentation will describe the program design, logistics, implementation and evaluation for Text2BHealthy, a text message-based obesity intervention intended for low-income parents of elementary school students. It will highlight lessons learned related to both programming and evaluation and will provide suggestions for adapting Text2BHealthy in various settings.

Presenter: Lindsey Zemeir, faculty extension assistant, Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program

Promoting real-time information sharing and peer support through online job clubs: The Newark Smartphone Reentry Project
This presentation will review the Newark Smartphone Reentry Project, which distributed smartphones to men on parole in Newark and collected information on reentry experiences through a smartphone application. One component of the NSRP, the use of an online job club or peer-based text-messaging group to facilitate information sharing and social support among men searching for employment at reentry, will be highlighted.

Presenter: Naomi Sugie, assistant professor, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine

Using cellphones to engage fathers: The Healthy Start experience in New Haven, CT
This presentation summarizes the Healthy Start fatherhood program in New Haven with a special focus on cellphone use, early learnings about cellphone use, and the results of focus groups with fathers about how to best integrate the use of cellphones into a program helping to reach and engage fathers.

Presenter: Kenn Harris, director, New Haven Healthy Start and President of the National Healthy Start Association

Using cellphone technologies to engage and retain men in responsible fathering services
This presentation will describe a new FRPN-funded study that will compare engagement and attrition patterns among fathers randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: services as usual; free cellphones and minutes for weekly phone reminders and text messages from the program; and a cash incentive.

Presenter: Anna Hayward, associate professor, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare
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