Evidence suggests that positive father involvement can improve child well-being outcomes. This project will test the use of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative to strengthen the engagement of fathers and paternal relatives with children involved in the child welfare system.
Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
Increasing fathers' involvement and strengthening relationships between parents have emerged as central national policy strategies to improve the lives of low-income families and enhance the well-being of children. We are conducting studies to increase understanding about how to engage fathers more fully, help low-income couples solidify their relationships, and create the best environments in which to raise children.
Fathers and Continuous Learning in Child Welfare
Evaluating Community-Based Family Support Networks to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences
Mathematica is conducting a rigorous, mixed-method evaluation of multifaceted, scalable community-based initiatives in five Washington state communities that seek to prevent adverse childhood experiences.
Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security
The project will focus on economic security programs for parents that also provide child development and well-being services for children from birth to age 12.
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
The National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration is testing the effectiveness of programs that aim to increase employment among noncustodial parents, with the ultimate goal of increasing the likelihood that they meet their child support obligations.
Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
To encourage the formation of healthy relationships—and ultimately stable, two-parent families—since 2005, Congress has authorized federal funding for healthy marriage and relationship education programs. STREAMS will examine a mix of programs serving adults and youth.
Building Strong Families: Strengthening Unmarried Parents' Relationships
The Building Strong Families project tested whether well-designed interventions help interested couples have stable, healthy relationships, enhance child well-being, increase fathers’ involvement with their children, and lead to more healthy and sustained relationships among unmarried parents.
Evaluation of Abstinence Education Programs
Mathematica was commissioned to conduct a congressionally mandated evaluation of the effectiveness of abstinence education programs. Programs receiving these funds taught abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children and could not endorse or promote...
Strengthening Families Evidence Review
Mathematica conducted a systematic review of research on programs serving low-income fathers. The Strengthening Families Evidence Review included studies with a range of designs, such as those that assess program effectiveness and those that report on program implementation only.