This study reviewed the evidence base for selecting and measuring specific psychosocial indicators at baseline as a way to reliably define subgroups of low income men for fatherhood program evaluations and suggested directions for continued research on this topic.
The project identified a number of psychosocial characteristics that may predispose low-income men to benefit from fatherhood programs but found that current fatherhood programming research is not yet at a stage where these characteristics can be adequately tested for their predictive value. Project findings suggest that reliably identifying subgroups of low-income men through the use of psychosocial variables measured at baseline will require further research on the processes and mechanisms by which participants benefit from fatherhood programming.
Report Title: Inside the Black Box: Improving Tools to Better Understand Program Impacts
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Kimberly Clum, 202.260.0285
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9541 (September 30, 2012)