Multi-site Family Study of Incarceration, Parenting and Partnering

Multi-site Family Study of Incarceration, Parenting and Partnering

Prepared for: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF)U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This project is available on the Internet at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/ and https://aspe.hhs.gov/evaluation-marriage-and-family-strengthening-grants-incarcerated-and-reentering-fathers-and-their-partners

Funded by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the Multi-site Family Study of Incarceration, Parenting and Partnering (MSF-IP) explored the effectiveness of relationship and family-strengthening programming in correctional settings.

Implementation Study: Annual site visits entailing in-depth interviews and program observations were conducted with all 12 grantee programs through fall 2010. The implementation evaluation comprehensively documented program context, program design, target population and participants served, key challenges and strategies, and program sustainability.

Impact Study: From December 2008 through August 2011, couples participating in MFS-IP programming and a set of similar couples not participating in programming were enrolled in the national impact study conducted in five of the grantee program sites. Study couples completed up to four longitudinal, in-person interviews that collected information about relationship quality, family stability, and reentry outcomes.

Qualitative Study: A small qualitative study was added in 2014, in which in-depth interviews were conducted with about 60 impact study couples to capture detailed information about the families’ experiences during the male partner’s reentry.

Predictive Analytic Models: Using the impact study sample of more than 1,482 couples (from the 1,991 men who did baseline interviews), a series of analyses were conducted to examine the trajectories of individual and family relationships and behaviors before, during, and after release from incarceration.

Public Use Data Set: Containing information on 1482 couples and an additional 509 men from the baseline and follow-up surveys, a public use data set is available at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data center at the University of Michigan .

(The initial project title was the EVALUATION OF THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY STRENGTHENING GRANTS FOR INCARCERATED AND REENTERING FATHERS AND THEIR PARTNERS)

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