Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED) 2018 - 2023 - Overview

Project Overview

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 (HMRE) and coparenting programming.

In two parallel and related sets of activities (one set focused on HMRE and one on coparenting), 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, identify gaps in services, and outline recommendations for addressing these gaps. A multi-method approach will be used for data collection, including:

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

The work is being conducted by Child Trends.

The points of contact are Nicole Constance and Kathleen McCoy.