Home Visiting: Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers' Experiences, 2013-2015

Project Overview

The Home Visiting: Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers' Experiences Study is a qualitative project that will collect information about innovative approaches used by existing home visiting programs to actively engage and serve fathers, and gather fathers’ perspectives on participating in such programs. The study will involve interviews with program staff, home visitors, fathers, and mothers to document 1) program operators’ successes and challenges around engaging fathers, 2) the views and opinions of fathers who have been invited to and/or participated in home visiting programs, and 3) lessons for other programs interested in more fully engaging men in their programs. The project is being conducted by the Urban Institute.

The points of contact are Lauren Supplee, Amanda Clincy and Anna Solmeyer.

  • Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers’ Experiences in Home Visiting Programs

    Published: December 18, 2015

    This report discusses approaches that home visiting programs use to engage fathers, the challenges they face, the strategies they use to overcome these challenges, and benefits of participating from the perspective of fathers and program staff...

  • Serving Young Fathers in Home Visiting Programs: Highlights from a Research Study

    Published: December 18, 2015

    Interviews with program staff and clients in home visiting programs revealed that young fathers’ motivations to participate are similar to those of older and experienced fathers. The interviews also highlight that both groups of fathers benefit from the program in similar ways. However, young fathers—especially minors—present a unique set of challenges...

  • Fatherhood: Ongoing Research and Program Evaluation Efforts

    Published: June 17, 2015

    Many programs within the Administration for Children and Families work with fathers to promote economic self-sufficiency and social well-being for them and their families. As a part of that work, we also implement rigorous research and evaluation projects designed to improve our understanding of how best to serve those fathers. This brief describes research and evaluation projects related to the Responsible Fatherhood grant program and noncustodial parents, and other research related...

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