Master teacher and clinical psychologist Dr. Adolph Brown discussed how low-income fathers are a greatly misunderstood population and how these fathers are overlooked in discussions of poverty and economic vulnerability—often being viewed as the cause of social problems rather than as having been abandoned by society.
In this highly engaging plenary, Dr. Brown presented a more comprehensive picture of the significant obstacles and trauma low-income fathers experience. Participants learned about how to “lead with compassion” by offering services and interventions to fathers that…
The Sustainability Framework and Assessment Tool was developed at the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), a public health research center at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. The Center’s work in the area of sustainability began in 2003 with Project LEaP, a rigorous process evaluation examining the effects of funding reductions on eight state tobacco control programs. Recognizing that sustainability is a significant challenge for not only public health, but also social service and clinical care programs, in 2010 CPHSS began…
This publication introduces an assessment and planning tool to help nonprofits evaluate their parent engagement efforts and chart a path toward deeper partnerships with parents and caregivers. The tool spans just eight pages, with accompanying text outlining how to use it, how to assess its results and what real-world strategies and programs are already in play — and working — to boost parent engagement. (Author Abstract)
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) aims to promote preschoolers' school readiness by supporting parents in providing instruction in the home. The program model is designed for parents who lack confidence in their ability to prepare their children for school, including parents with past negative school experiences or limited financial resources. The HIPPY program model offers weekly activities for 30 weeks of the year, alternating between home visits and group meetings (two one-on-one home visits per month and two group meetings per month). HIPPY sites are encouraged…
This report discusses conclusions from a two-day meeting of representatives of local, State, and national agencies that focused on the potential benefits and challenges of interagency collaboration between relationship education and pregnancy prevention practitioners. It summarizes key themes from the meeting and strategic actions related to relationship education and teen pregnancy prevention that were highlighted in the meeting. The recommended actions include: launch pilot projects and projects to test promising practices and assess the effectiveness of blended strategies; include youth…
This updated edition explains what program evaluation is, why evaluation is important, how to conduct an evaluation and understand the results, how to report evaluation findings, and how to use evaluation results to improve programs that benefit children and families. (Author abstract)
This guide was developed to help county and tribal child welfare agencies improve their practice when working with fathers. The practice tips are intended as a resource to help county supervisors and caseworkers re-examine their day-to-day work with resident and non-resident fathers, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for children. (Author abstract)
This brochure from the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative discusses five strategies for forming an effective Board of Directors. The strategies include: conduct a board check-up, orient new board members, keep searching for new members, shape a board that possesses a mix of education, skills, information, and access to important networks such as donors, and implement strategies to boost board performance.
This brochure from the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative discusses six strategies for creating a useful logic model that presents a visual display of the connections among the resources available to operate the program, current and planned activities, and changes or results the program hopes to achieve. The strategies include: understand the role of the logic model, evaluate the situation, identify inputs, determine outputs, envision outcomes, outline the model, and implement techniques for guiding program progress. A sample logic model is provided.
This brochure from the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative discusses six strategies for enhancing staff and volunteer capabilities in programs promoting responsible fatherhood. The strategies include: develop workshops or training programs or take advantage of those offered by other organizations, agencies, or associations; have staff and volunteers attend regional and national conferences; use professional coaches to provide the customized guidance that program management, staff, or volunteers need; organize a peer mentoring group with other professionals who serve…