The project intends to engage four fatherhood programs to implement and test the selected core components and will enroll up to 3,000 fathers and staff from these participating programs to participate. The study team is expecting to start collecting data in 2023.
Using the information gathered across several different data sources, the evaluation will include an implementation study and an impact study.
• The implementation study will describe who participated in fatherhood program services, how services operated, what fathers thought about the services, and the challenges staff members faced implementing them. It will provide lessons for the field on key elements for successful program implementation and barriers to overcome when implementing these core components.
• The impact study will use either experimental research methods (randomized, controlled trials) or quasi-experimental methods (methods designed to establish causality but that use assignment criteria other than randomization) to rigorously evaluate whether promising core components can bring about positive outcomes for fathers and their families. The specific outcomes of interest will depend on the core components being tested, and may include understanding effects on program engagement, employment and earnings, father-child relationship quality, and co-parenting relationship quality.