Encouraging Attendance and Engagement in Parenting Programs: Developing a Smartphone Application with Fathers, for Fathers

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Balu, Rekha., Lee, Shawna., Steimle, Samantha.
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The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
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Building Bridges and Bonds (B3), a study of Responsible Fatherhood programs, is testing a set of innovative approaches designed to help fathers advance their parenting and employment skills. One of these innovations is a new smartphone-based application called DadTime. DadTime is designed to support engagement with and attendance at a parenting program called Just Beginning, another B3 innovation.

This brief describes how MDRC collaborated with fathers – the intended users – to develop DadTime. (Author abstract)