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. What Is the Legacy of the MFS-IP Initiative?


One year after their MFS-IP grants ended, program leaders described a lasting impact of the initiative on their own work, their organizations, and their communities. Many sites attributed the following changes to MFS-IP program implementation:

  • More recognition among state correctional administrators and state prison staff of the importance of family relationships in reentry
  • More competence and familiarity on the part of community organizations in serving reentering men and their families
  • Enduring partnerships, particularly between corrections and community agencies, and also among community agencies specializing in prison-based service delivery and those specializing in community-based service delivery (e.g., employment, housing, substance abuse treatment, and child services agencies)
  • The initiation or strengthening of community-wide reentry councils or other interagency coordination efforts

“I think there’s been an actual cultural shift. Facilities, administration, custody [staff] are now seeing programs that help, and it’s changed their attitudes overall.” 
                                —former MFS-IP grantee (IN)

A few sites noted other changes, such as improved data sharing between corrections and human services agencies, and more recognition of the importance of a case management or case advocacy approach in serving incarcerated and reentering fathers.

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