Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED) 2018 - 2021

Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED) is a federal evaluation effort designed to:

  • better understand how Responsible Fatherhood (RF) programs currently support healthy marriages/relationships and coparenting;
  • examine how their approaches align with the needs of the fathers in their target populations; and
  • inform the RF field about potential future directions in Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education and coparenting programming.

Information collected under CHaRMED will focus on the nature of fathers’ relationships, review the services that RF programs currently provide to support healthy marriages/relationships and coparenting, solicit fathers’ opinions about those services and how they align with their needs, identify gaps in services, and outline recommendations for addressing these gaps. To address the objectives of the study, data collection will include:

  • secondary analysis of existing data;
  • semi-structured interviews with program staff, program partners, and curriculum developers; and  
  • in-depth individual interviews with fathers enrolled in RF programs, fathers who have dropped out of RF programs, and fathers’ coparents.

The work is being conducted by Child Trends.

Point(s) of contact: Nicole Constance and Kathleen McCoy

This study is registered on the Open Science Framework under the title Coparenting and Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education for Dads (CHaRMED) Visit disclaimer page .  

Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under OMB #0970-0540. Related materials are available at the CHaRMED Visit disclaimer page Information collection page on

The most currently approved documents are accessible by clicking on the ICR Ref. No. with the most recent conclusion date. To access the information collections (E.g. interviews, surveys, protocols), click on View Information Collection (IC) List. Click on View Supporting Statement and Other Documents to access other supplementary documents.