“The Fatherhood Reentry projects provided activities to fathers and their families in institutional settings as they were nearing release (‘pre-release’) and in their offices located in the community (‘post-release’)” (p.vii). The programs offered activities and services in three areas: responsible parenting, healthy marriage, and economic stability. “[T]he organizations helped participants address their reentry and fatherhood needs by using external referrals to nonprofit and government agency partners and internal referrals to services supported by other…funding streams” (p.viii). The six programs included in the evaluation were located in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
“[T]he [implementation] evaluation looked to answer the following key research questions:
· What are the characteristics of the grantee organizations and their partners? What are the level and characteristics of their interactions and relationships?
· Who are the programs targeting? How do program designs relate to or vary by the characteristics of the target population, community context, and other key factors?
· What are the programs’ strategies for participant outreach and engagement?
· What are the program models’ features? What key services do they provide?
· How are the programs and services administratively operationalized, staffed, and managed?
· What are the issues and challenges in designing, implementing, and operating the programs?” (p.viii-ix).
“From October 2011 through September 2015, the evaluation team collected data from…each program…including reviews of program materials…bimonthly teleconferences with core program staff…site visits to observe staff-selected program operations and activities, semistructured interviews with…program staff and stakeholders…and participant focus groups to clarify their perspectives on program implementation” (p.ix).
The evaluation team sought “to understand the key aspects of…implementation, such as the number and type of activities and services offered and the types of partnerships used to provide services….[and] how implementation changed over time, including changes in staff, partnerships, and service delivery locations….[T]he team noted any aspect of implementation that program staff reported as working well or being challenging as well as the methods staff found useful for overcoming implementation challenges” (p.ix).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)