New research shows that healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs administered by HHS’ Administration for Children and Families’ have positive impacts.
The impact findings have been published from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation, a multi-component study of federal healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs. In these programs, PACT found:
Recognizing the potential benefits of healthy marriages and relationships and parental involvement for low-income families, Congress has funded three rounds of healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood competitive grants since 2006, run by the Office of Family Assistance within HHS’s Administration for Children and Families.
The Administration for Children and Families views research and evaluation as learning opportunities, and actively integrates learning opportunities into healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programming, so that program design and implementation will continue to evolve and improve. PACT serves as a foundation and building block in the evidence base. Other components of the PACT evaluation, and subsequent Administration for Children and Families’ studies, will continue to expand our understanding of grantee program operations, populations served, and program effectiveness. The Office of Family Assistance funds and the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation carries out these research and evaluation projects. Mathematica Policy Research conducted the PACT evaluation.
Please see the full reports here (Parents and Children Together: Effects of Two Healthy Marriage Programs for Low-Income Couples; Parents and Children Together: Effects of Four Responsible Fatherhood Programs for Low-Income Fathers) for more detail and discussion on the findings.
These are exciting findings because they show federally-funded interventions can have a positive impact on the quality of people’s lives.
By supporting healthy marriage and father’s engagement, we can promote self-sufficiency and reduce dependence on federal assistance programs.