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An Evaluation of Selected Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage Programs: Parents and Children Together (PACT)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02056457
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified March 2018 by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc..
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : February 6, 2014
Last Update Posted : March 22, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Department of Health and Human Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of selected healthy marriage (HM) and responsible fatherhood (RF) grant programs, authorized by by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010. The programs are intended to improve the well-being of parents and families in domains such as economic self-sufficiency, parenting, and healthy relationships.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Responsible Fatherhood Healthy Marriage Behavioral: Responsible Fatherhood or Healthy Marriage Program Behavioral: Other services in the community Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Since 2006, Congress has provided funding for grants to provide healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood services to help interested couples and fathers enhance or improve adult and parent-child relationships and meet other objectives. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), oversees these grants and provides supports to assist grantees to meet their goals and objectives. To learn about the implementation and effects of these programs, ACF awarded a contract in 2011 to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. to conduct the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation. The evaluation includes separate impact and process studies for responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs.

Individuals who are eligible for the programs and agree to be in the study are randomly assigned to either a program group or a control group. Program group members are offered program services; control group members are not offered those services but are able to receive other services available in the community. The impact studies will examine whether the programs improve outcomes for fathers, mothers, families, and children in the program group compared to outcomes of those in the control group. Members of both program and control groups are surveyed twice: before they are randomly assigned and 12 months later. At the 12-month follow-up, both groups will be asked to complete a telephone survey. The survey will cover a range of questions related to adult relationships and interactions, parent-child interactions and economic stability. Corresponding process studies will examine multiple aspects of the implementation and operation of the programs. Information for the process studies will be obtained through: interviews with program and partner organization managers and staff; observations of program operations; from focus groups with program participants and non-participants; and from data from each grantee's management information system.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Parents and Children Together
Study Start Date : December 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Responsible fatherhood or healthy marriage Behavioral: Responsible Fatherhood or Healthy Marriage Program
RF grantees funded by the most recent re-authorization of the program must offer services in each of three categories: (1) healthy marriage; (2) responsible parenting; and (3) economic stability. HM grantees must provide one or more of eight allowable activities, which include marriage and relationship skills programs, mentoring, divorce reduction programs, and education in high schools on the value of marriage, relationships skills, and budgeting.

Experimental: Control Behavioral: Other services in the community
RF grantees funded by the most recent re-authorization of the program must offer services in each of three categories: (1) healthy marriage; (2) responsible parenting; and (3) economic stability. HM grantees must provide one or more of eight allowable activities, which include marriage and relationship skills programs, mentoring, divorce reduction programs, and education in high schools on the value of marriage, relationships skills, and budgeting.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. In-person contact with child(ren) in past month [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  2. Earnings in past year [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  3. Co-parenting teamwork [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Agreement with whether father and mother work well together as parents



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • To be eligible for the PACT HM Evaluation, the applicant must be part of a couple (as defined by the couple) in which both couple members are applying to the program and that:

    1. Both members of the couple are eligible for the program
    2. Both members of the couple are 18 years of age or older
    3. One member of the couple is female and the other male
    4. At least one member of the couple is an expectant parent or a parent of a biological or adoptive child who is living with him or her (That is the children do not need to be children in common and they need to be living with only one parent)
  • To be eligible for the PACT RF evaluation, the individual must:

    1. Be male
    2. Be 18 years or older
    3. Have a living biological or adopted child or is expecting a child

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Does not meet the inclusion criteria

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02056457


Locations
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United States, Florida
Jewish Family and Children's Services
Sarasota, Florida, United States
United States, Minnesota
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Urban Ventures
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
United States, Missouri
Connections to Success
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Fathers' Support Center
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
United States, New York
University Behavioral Associates
Bronx, New York, United States
United States, Texas
El Paso Center for Children
El Paso, Texas, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Department of Health and Human Services
Investigators
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Study Director: Sheena McConnell, Ph.D. Mathematica Policy Research
Study Director: Robin Dion, M.A. Mathematica Policy Research
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Responsible Party: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02056457    
Other Study ID Numbers: MPR06997
First Posted: February 6, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 22, 2018
Last Verified: March 2018
Keywords provided by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.:
Responsible fatherhood
Healthy marriage
Healthy relationships
Parenting
Economic self-sufficiency