The purpose of this paper is to summarize the activities of the Developing a Daddy Survey (DADS) Project, which grew out of the federal fatherhood initiative activities of the mid-1990s. The DADS project builds on existing efforts aimed at collecting data on men as they become fathers and as they go about the task of fathering their children. In this paper, we describe the background, origins and purpose of the DADS project and provide an overview of the studies included in the DADS project. While the DADS project includes six studies, the focus of this paper is on those three studies that examine the beliefs and behaviors of men who are already fathers: The Early Head Start Evaluation- Fatherhood Component (EHS), the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study- Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) and the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (Fragile Families). We describe how father involvement is measured in these studies and how the project offers new opportunities for research in fatherhood and father involvement. In addition, we provide notes to researchers interested in using the survey instruments that have been assembled by the DADS project. (Author abstract).
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