Family Strengthening Scholars, 2014-2017

Project Overview

The Family Strengthening Scholars grant program is designed to build research capacity in the healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood field (HM/RF). These grants are to support dissertation research on HM/RF policy issues and are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for HM/RF decision-making and program administration. They are intended to focus particularly on underserved/understudied populations, such as low-income families and minority population, utilize rigorous methodology and help inform the development of future intervention research.

The specific goals of the Family Strengthening Scholars grants are:

  1. To address issues of significant relevant to policy decisions related to low-income families in order further the HM/RF field;
  2. To directly support graduate students’ engagement in HM/RF research;
  3. To foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and graduate students who are pursuing doctoral-level research in the HM/RF field; and
  4. To encourage active communication, networking and collaboration among graduate students, their mentors, and other senior family strengthening researchers.

The point of contact for these grants is: Kathleen McCoy (Kathleen.mccoy@acf.hhs.gov).

  • 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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