The purpose of this project is to support activities relevant to a learning agenda for ACF’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) programming led by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and supported by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE). The contractor, Mathematica Policy Research, is systematically identifying gaps in the knowledge base for HMRF and connected topics or areas. Connected topics or areas include issues identified during the course of activities outlined in this contract or other issues identified and prioritized by ACF.
This work includes:
- Consultation with relevant practitioner and research experts in HM, RF and related fields to identify gaps in the HMRF knowledge base
- Conducting a review of the HMRF literature and publicly available research reports
- Mapping and refining what is known about HMRF programs and practice, what is currently being learned, and what needs to be learned by using existing research and other sources
- Examining potential connections between selected topics and areas relevant for HMRF programming and its goals
- Disseminating reports and project findings throughout the project
The project team is iteratively revising and refining each of the activities described through literature reviews and expert consultation. The final products include written deliverables that summarize gaps in current knowledge and existing approaches, discuss implications for HMRF learning, and describe HMRF implications of associated connected topics and areas.
Point(s) of contact: Sam Illangasekare, co-COR; Kriti Jain, co-COR