Program Development

In this section, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) provides resources groups can use to develop their Responsible Fatherhood programs. General program development guidance and performance management tools are both useful when working with stand alone or collaborative programs to ensure that the programs being delivered are as effective as possible.

Implementation Resource Guide for Social Service Programs: An Introduction to Evidence-based Programs (PDF - 247 KB)
Author: James Bell Associates for the Office of Family Assistance
This report focuses on factors that lead to the success or failure of an evidence-based practice or program, aside from actual participant-staff interactions. We are interested in how existing research literature and current research efforts (described in Appendix A of this document) can improve the efficacy of implemented programs.
 

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Logic Modeling

Logic Models outline what you do, why you do it, and how you can measure your results. These Logic Model resources provide guidance on creating and utilizing logic models.

Logic Modeling For Responsible Fatherhood Programs (PDF - 495 KB)
Logic Modeling For Healthy Marriage Programs (PDF - 1017 KB)
 
Evaluation Toolkit and Logic Model Builder
As a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
 
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Responsible Fatherhood Management Information System

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a tool to help Responsible Fatherhood programs manage and assess their programs. The Responsible Fatherhood Management Information System (RFMIS) will help programs maintain information on the services needed and delivered to fathers in their programs.
 
The system allows programs to track the progress of individual fathers and to aggregate data on program participants for reporting purposes. The RFMIS is available for use as a paper and pencil tracking system or as an electronic database that can be downloaded into any computer system that uses Microsoft Access (versions '97 through current). The RFMIS has been used by 15 HHS fatherhood project sites and in eight fatherhood projects funded by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The RFMIS is available on CD through the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Download the RFMIS User Guide (PDF - 1.86 MB)
 
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Resources from Online Library

Lessons learned from Early Head Start for fatherhood research and program development
Source: University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
This is the final article in a series of studies focused on how fathers in the Early Head Start National Evaluation Study viewed themselves as fathers, what they did with and for their children, how that mattered in the lives of children, and what Early Head Start programs were doing to try to foster positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.
 
Financing Fatherhood Programs : What Policymakers Need to Know and What They Can Do
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures.
This fact sheet proposes ways in which welfare funds can be used to provide services to fathers. Some of the suggestions provided include: create eligibility categories for services that include fathers; include fathers in definitions of families to allow eligibility; ensure state agencies maximize this flexibility to provide services to working poor fathers and their families to minimize the risk they will go on welfare; direct funding to provide employment and parenting and relationship services to fathers.
 
Comprehensive List of Program Planning and Development Resources for Father Involvement

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Other Relevant Resources

Evaluation Toolkit and Logic Model Builder
Source: The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
 
Performance Measurement Challenges and Strategies (PDF - 237 KB)
Source: Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
This document provides practical strategies for addressing common performance measurement challenges. It grew out of the workshop on performance measurement organized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council for Excellence in Government which was held on April 22, 2003.
 
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NRFC Resources

Selecting a Curriculum
Consumer Guidelines to Selecting Curriculum For Use in Fatherhood Programs (2008)
Fatherhood Programming In Correctional Settings: Selecting A Curriculum (2009)
 
Staffing
Staff Selection: What's Important for Fatherhood Programs? (2009)
Staff Coaching: What's Important for Fatherhood Programs? (2009)
Training Program Staff : Five Tips for Fatherhood Programs (2008)
 
Recruitment and Retention
Recruiting Men into Fatherhood Programs : Tips for Program Professionals (2008)
Tips for Retaining Participants in Fatherhood Programs : Wisdom from the Field (2008)
 
Promising Practices
Elements of Promising Practice in Teen Fatherhood Programs : Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Research Findings on What Works (2008)

Elements of Promising Practice in Programs Serving Fathers Involved in the Criminal Justice System (2008)

Elements of Promising Practice for Fatherhood Programs : Evidence-Based Research Findings on Programs for Fathers (2007)

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