Intended to assist organizations who have received federal funding for Responsible Fatherhood programming, this guide provides information on the evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood initiatives. Chapter 1 introduces the concept of program evaluation and presents the reasons for evaluating a project; what information organizations can expect to gain; and how to use evaluation information to inform a project. Chapter 2 includes an overview of the Office of Family Assistance's (OFA's) Responsible Fatherhood initiative; introduction of the Responsible Fatherhood conceptual model; and a discussion on defining a program model for a specific project. Chapters 3 and 4 describe program theory and logic models, and provide tools for developing a logic model for a specific project. Chapter 5 provides details to help programs develop and review evaluation questions. The following chapter explains the core concepts of process evaluation and provides guidance in preparing for the process evaluation of a project. Chapter 7 focuses on outcome evaluation and provides a detailed discussion on planning an outcome evaluation within the context of the Responsible Fatherhood program. The chapter clarifies short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes and corresponding out-come indicators. Also included are tools for identifying indicators for a project's outcomes. Chapter 8 explains the difference between descriptive and comparative evaluation designs, and offers an overview of common evaluation designs and data sources applicable to Responsible Fatherhood grantees. Finally, chapter 9 provides information on selecting appropriate instruments for a project evaluation, and offers tips for developing evaluation instruments. 13 figures and 35 references. (Author abstract modified)
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