Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a six-year evaluation of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant program to help couples build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction.
- Evaluation of programs focused on responsible fatherhood and family strengthening
- Improvement of programs and initiatives to strengthen at-risk youth
- Family Support
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- Youth Development
Robin Dion is a national expert in evaluating programs focused on fatherhood, family strengthening, and at-risk youth.
Dion directs Parents and Children Together, a large-scale, six-year, multisite random assignment evaluation of federal grant programs awarded in 2011 to strengthen and support responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships/marriage. The evaluation includes multiple components to study program implementation, participant characteristics, and program impacts. She is also senior advisor for a seven-year project focused on more than 100 programs receiving similar grants in 2015. Dion was the principal investigator for a systematic review of implementation studies reporting on successful and promising program models to strengthen families and promote responsible fatherhood. She was also a co-principal investigator of Mathematica’s flagship Building Strong Families project, a nine-year demonstration and rigorous evaluation of programs to strengthen the relationships of low-income unmarried parents.
Dion’s work related to youth includes a study of housing options for youth aging out of the foster care system, a study of summer youth employment, and a project that developed a conceptual framework for improving the lives and self-sufficiency of at-risk youth.
Before joining Mathematica in 1999, Dion served as a senior research analyst for Child Trends, Inc. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Association for Public Policy and Management. Dion is a frequent speaker at national conferences, has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions. She holds an M.A. in social psychology from Arizona State University.
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
This project focused on public resources and policies that can help prevent or mitigate homelessness among this population. The project included a focus on how communities are utilizing Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers to serve these 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.