Structuring Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Workshops for Strong Attendance: Workshop Characteristics Associated with Client Participation 

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Year Published
Author (Individual)
Avellar, S., Stanczyk, A., & Friend, D.  
Author (Organization)
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format

Healthy Marriage (HM) and Responsible Fatherhood (RF) workshops funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) typically last from a few days to a few months, which can make sustained client attendance challenging. This white paper examined how workshop characteristics were associated with client attendance. Generally, across populations examined here, making sessions longer and more frequent was associated with greater attendance. In several cases, the longest and most frequent sessions measured—that is, more than four hours or daily—had the most consistent associations with average hours of attendance and the share of regular attendees. However, there are a few caveats to these findings. Many workshop characteristics—such as the time of day or season a workshop series was offered—did not show a pattern of statistically significant relationships with attendance. In addition, the workshop characteristics did not account for all the differences in attendance. So other factors—such as grantee characteristics that changed over time—also played a role in attendance.  

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