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This website is not being updated as of 2016. Please go to the nFORM Help page at https://www.famlecross-site.com/nForm/Contact to access the current Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood client and program surveys and quarterly reports.

Other Resources

Please consult these additional resources, as applicable, for additional considerations in key areas of Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage programming and research.

Frequently Asked Questions. Answers to questions received during the OFA and OPRE webinars have been summarized as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

For FAQs related to programmatic issues, please visit the HMRF webpage with archived webinar materials. Each webinar has a set of FAQs related to the FOA focus of the webinar (e.g., New Pathways for Fathers and Families, Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education, etc.). For more information, please see: https://hmrf.acf.hhs.gov/articles/ofa-hmrf-pre-application-webinar-series/%20-%20.VXW-Q-_bIXB#.VXXHdHbD-Uk.

This FAQs document contains answers to a range of questions related to performance measures, the nFORM system (the Management Information System developed specifically for HMRF grantees), local evaluations, and the federally-led evaluations.
Data and Evaluation FAQs

The Strengthening Families Curriculum Resource Guide. This resource provides information about the content and select features of curricula commonly used by the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees. The Guide is intended to help answer questions such as: who is the curriculum intended to reach; what topics are covered in the curriculum; and what do we need to implement this curriculum. Additionally, users can generate a side-by-side comparison table of curriculum to facilitate the selection of a curriculum to best fit a user's needs. http://hmrfcurriculum.acf.hhs.gov/

A Guide to Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs for Hispanic Couples and Families. This guide, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, is an extensive review of programs serving Hispanic couples and fathers. The guide summarizes multiple aspects of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education and Responsible Fatherhood programs that target and serve Hispanic populations and is accompanied by detailed profiles of each program listed. This may be a useful resource to consult when considering your program design. http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=healthy-marriage-and-responsible-fatherhood-programs-for-hispanic-couples-and-families-a-program-guide

New Responsible Fatherhood Measures. The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network developed a series of new measures related to responsible fatherhood, including an assessment of father-child contact (which focuses on non-resident fathers) and a measure of fathers' challenges. For each measure, you can download a PDF of the items and watch a video that demonstrates how to administer the measure. This may be useful to consult when identifying measures for your evaluation plan. http://www.frpn.org/frpn-research-video-series

Embedding Job and Career Advancement Services in Healthy Marriage Programs: Lessons from Two Programs in PACT. This brief provides a general overview of the two Healthy Marriage grantees involved in PACT, provides participation rates in services, and documents how the two grantees integrated job and career advancement services for parenting couples into their programs. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/embedding-job-and-career-advancement-healthy-marriage-lessons-from-two-programs-in-pact

Responsible Fatherhood Programming: Two Approaches to Service Delivery. This brief uses data from the PACT process study to: 1) provide a general overview of two approaches to service delivery in fatherhood programs; 2) document how service delivery is linked to fathers' characteristics; and 3) describe how service delivery approach may be linked to program participation and retention rates. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/responsible-fatherhood-programming-two-approaches-to-service-delivery

The Complex and Varied Households of Low-Income Hispanic Children. This research brief, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, examines the household composition of low-income Hispanic children and reports on the size and structure of households and the employment status of adult household members. The findings from this brief may help programs better understand the families they seek to serve. http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-04ComplexHouseholdsLowIncomeHispanic.pdf

Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S. This research brief, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, provides a national portrait of low-income Hispanic Families in the U.S. The brief describes the relationship and childbearing histories of low-income Hispanic men and women aged 15 to 44. This brief may advance understanding of low-income Hispanic families and may help programs in their efforts to assist these families. http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2014-48HispanicFamilyStructure-1.pdf

Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). Currently, there is little rigorous evidence about effective interventions for low-income fathers, and there are gaps in capacity among both researchers and practitioners to conduct well-designed studies necessary to build the evidence base. The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) supports collaboration among fatherhood researchers and practitioners to build their capacity to conduct rigorous research on practice-relevant issues. FRPN also provides opportunities for investigators across multiple disciplines to engage in dialogue on fatherhood research and broadly disseminates research findings about fathers and fatherhood programs.
www.frpn.org

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Recommended Outcome Measures for Parents in Complex Families. This table presents recommended items and measures for assessing a range of outcome domains for healthy marriage programs that serve parents in complex families (families in which one or both partners have children from previous relationships). The “tip sheet” includes information about issues to consider when deciding how to collect outcomes data from parents in complex families. These may be useful resources to consult when developing your evaluation plan and identifying appropriate outcome measures.
Recommended measures for parents in complex families
Tips on collecting data from parents in complex families

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Recommended Outcome Measures for Adolescents. This table presents recommended items and measures for assessing a range of outcome domains for healthy marriage programs that serve high school aged adolescents. The “tip sheet” includes information about issues to consider when deciding how to collect outcomes data from youth. These may be useful resources to consult when developing your evaluation plan and identifying appropriate outcome measures.
Recommended measures for adolescents
Tips on collecting data from adolescents


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