Implementation of the Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Projects


By: Karin Martinson, John Trutko, Demetra Smith Nightingale, Pamela A. Holcomb, and Burt S. Barnow The Urban Institute(*)

This report was produced under the direction of Jennifer Burnszynski and Linda Mellgren, Project Officers, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy, Melissa Pardue, Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Executive Summary (in PDF format - 10 pages)


The evaluation of the Partners of Fragile Families (PFF) project was conducted by the Urban Institute under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many individuals assisted in conducting the study and producing this report. The authors gratefully acknowledge the oversight and guidance provided by our project officer, Jennifer Burnszynski and to David Arnaudo of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at DHHS for his ongoing commitment to the study. We are also highly indebted to Linda Mellgren of ASPE, who reviewed drafts of the report at several different stages and consistently offered valuable insights, comments, and guidance on how to strengthen its content. The report benefited greatly from the editing skills of Fiona Blackshaw. Finally, the authors are especially grateful to the many people involved with the PFF projects who took time to meet with us and help us learn about their programs. We sincerely thank them for their time and cooperation.

This report was prepared at the Urban Institute for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. The Urban Institute is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. Karin Martinson and Pamela Holcomb are senior research associates with the Urban Institute. John Trutko is a senior research associate for Capital Research Corporation. Demetra Smith Nightingale and Burt S. Barnow are principal research scientists at the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.


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