All grantees were required to provide services to all eligible persons, regardless of a potential participant’s race, gender, age, disability, or religion.
 For more on target populations, see the ASPE Research Brief, Program Models of MFS-IP Grantees (McKay & Lindquist, December 2008) available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/models/rb.pdf.
 Under the provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Federal government did not recognize same-sex marriage, thereby limiting services to “promote healthy marriage” to heterosexual couples.
 For more on involving female partners, see the ASPE Research Brief, Bringing Partners into the Picture (McKay, Bir, Lindquist, Corwin, Herman-Stahl, & Smiley McDonald, August 2009). The brief is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/Partners/rb.pdf.
 For more on strategies to support parenting, see the ASPE Research Brief, Parenting from Prison (McKay, Corwin, Herman-Stahl, Bir, Lindquist, Smiley McDonald, & Siegel, April 2010). The brief is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/Innovative/rb.pdf.
 For more on relationship education and skills-building approaches, see the ASPE Research Brief, Strategies for Building Healthy Relationship Skills among Couples Affected by Incarceration (Lindquist, McKay & Bir, March 2012). The brief is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/RelationshipSkills/rb.pdf.
 For more on working with and within correctional facilities, see the ASPE Research Brief, Strengthening the Couple and Family Relationships of Fathers behind Bars: The Promise and Perils of Corrections-Based Programming (Smiley McDonald, Herman-Stahl, Lindquist, Bir and McKay, August 2009). This brief is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/Corrections-Based/rb.pdf.
 For more on domestic violence, see the ASPE Research Brief, Addressing Domestic Violence in Family Strengthening Programs for Couples Affected by Incarceration (McKay, Bir, Lindquist, Steffey, Keyes, and Siegel, March 2013). This brief is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/MFS-IPDomesticViolence/rpt.pdf.
 For complete implementation study findings, see the final technical report prepared for ASPE, The Implementation of Family Strengthening Programs for Families Affected by Incarceration (Lindquist, McKay, Corwin and Bir, June 2013). The report is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/mfs-ip/.
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National Evaluation of MFS-IP Programs
Funded by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the National Evaluation of Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners is focused on exploring the effectiveness of relationship and family-strengthening programming in correctional settings.
Implementation Study: Implementation interviews were conducted with each grantee yearly through fall 2010, and again in fall 2012. Interview respondents included program staff, community partners, and participants. Interview respondents included program staff, community partners, and participants. The implementation evaluation focused on program context, program design, target population and participants served, and key challenges and strategies.
Impact Study: Survey data collection with incarcerated men and their partners is currently under way in 5 impact sites selected from among the 12 grantees. Beginning in December 2008, couples participating in MFS-IP programming and a set of similar couples not participating in programming were enrolled in the national impact study and completed the first of four longitudinal surveys designed to collect information about relationship quality, family stability, and reentry outcomes. Baseline data collection is complete, with follow-up data collection expected to continue through approximately April 2014.
This brief and other publications related to the MFS-IP evaluation are available from the HHS ASPE website:http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MFS-IP/. A program overview and evaluation summary, as well as links to publications of interest and other Web resources, may be found at the national evaluation Web site,: https://mfs.rti.org.
For additional information about the MFS-IP evaluation, contact Anupa Bir: (781) 434-1708, firstname.lastname@example.org; Christine Lindquist: (919) 485-5706, email@example.com; or Tasseli McKay: (919) 485-5747, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested citation: McKay, T., Lindquist, C., and Bir, A. (May 2013). Five Years Later: Final Implementation Lessons from the Evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners. ASPE Research Brief. Washington, DC: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.