Learn more about key demographic information on fathers and the effectiveness of programs supporting fathers across the United States. Research provided below can help programs understand the needs of fathers and how best to support them. Find information from the federal government’s fatherhood clearinghouse, a description of an organization dedicated to evaluating and disseminating information on fatherhood programs, and a sample of current and previous federally-funded evaluations of programs serving fathers.
The NRFC is an Office of Family Assistance-funded resource available for anyone currently serving or interested in supporting fathers and families.
Search the NRFC Library for a variety of resources covering key topics relevant to responsible fatherhood including:
- Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Child Welfare
- Health/Mental Health/Behavioral Health
- Safety-net/Social Services and Providers
- Racially/Ethnically/Culturally Diverse Populations
- Economic Self-Sufficiency/Employment Development
- Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence/Dating Violence
- Teen Pregnancy/Parenting
Learn more about key demographic information and key issues pertaining to fathers in the United States from the NRFC Research Reviews.
Learn from the FRPN grantees’ rigorous evaluations of fatherhood programs on the Publications webpage, and find information on promoting father inclusion in state-level programs and policies by reading more about FRPN’s Fatherhood Policy projects. In addition to the FRPN publications of their fatherhood research, find a Researcher & Practitioner Forum, web-based resources on how to conduct an evaluation of a fatherhood program, and learning community webinars on the FRPN Technical Assistance webpage.
The United States Department of Health & Human Services funds multiple evaluations of programs that serve fathers. Find information on various federal evaluations of fatherhood programs and other programs that work to increase fatherhood outcomes. Key evaluation topics include: behavioral science, child support, employment, home visiting, and responsible fatherhood programs.
The programs evaluated support a variety of fathers including fathers who are low-income, noncustodial parents, welfare recipients, underserved/understudied, and who were previously or are currently incarcerated. Program outcomes commonly include parent engagement, child support payment, father employment, and coparenting relationship quality.