Applicant Webinars

OFA and OPRE hosted five webinars in June related to the FOAs for the 2020 round of HMRF grants. Click here or scroll down for descriptions and links to the slides, transcripts, and recordings.

Additional webinars will be held in July and August on OPRE HM and RF research and evaluation projects, including two that will address the federal evaluations SIRF and SIMR:

WEBINARS: Two new federally-led evaluations to strengthen the implementation of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs

The Strengthening the Implementation of Marriage and Relationship Programs (SIMR) and Strengthening the Implementation of Responsible Fatherhood Programs (SIRF) projects will develop and test promising implementation solutions to address common challenges for healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) and responsible fatherhood (RF) programs in areas such as recruitment, initial engagement, program completion, and engagement in program content. They will use rapid cycle approaches and partner with HMRE and RF programs to conduct this work.

Do you want to learn more? Join project staff and OPRE for two webinars to hear about the projects and how programs can benefit by participating in this important work!

Click here to register for the webinar on the SIMR (HMRE programs) project: Monday, August 3rd from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT.

Click here to register for the webinar on the SIRF (RF programs) project: Wednesday, August 12th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT.

WEBINAR: Pathways-to-Outcomes models for Responsible Fatherhood programs

Please join a webinar on Thursday, July 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT on the Pathways-to-Outcomes models for Responsible Fatherhood programs.

Responsible Fatherhood (RF) programming has grown out of research demonstrating the importance of father involvement in family life, specifically to reduce child poverty. RF programs funded by the Administration for Children and Families offer activities designed to strengthen positive father-child engagement, improve social and economic outcomes for fathers and their families, improve healthy couple and co-parenting relationships, and promote or sustain healthy marriage. To support development of future programs and guide research, Mathematica, as part of the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation, developed four models that hypothesize how program activities may lead to intended outcomes. The hypotheses address:

  • Improving fathers’ co-parenting relationships
  • Supporting fathers’ development and well-being
  • Improving fathers’ employment and economic stability
  • Enhancing fathers’ parenting skills and increasing involvement in their children’s lives

During the webinar, the PACT team will describe the work conducted to develop these models and introduce each model. The webinar will provide ideas for program activities that RF practitioners can consider, and potentially test, as part of their programs.

Click here to register for the webinar on the Pathways-to-Outcomes models for Responsible Fatherhood programs: Thursday, July 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT.

WEBINAR: Pathways-to-Outcomes models for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs

Please join a webinar on July 27, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT on the Pathways-to-Outcomes models for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs serving adult couples.

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programming began as a relationship stability strategy for premarital couples, and spread to serve a broader range of couples, including low-income and at-risk families. HMRE programs for adult couples funded by the Administration for Children and Families address marriage and relationship skills, parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job and career advancement. To support development of future programs and guide research, Mathematica, as part of the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation, developed three models that hypothesize how program activities may lead to intended outcomes. The hypotheses address:

  • Selecting, tailoring, and delivering an evidence-informed HMRE curriculum
  • Increasing participation in HMRE workshops
  • Accommodating the unique circumstances of individuals and couples in programs

During the webinar, the PACT team will describe the work conducted to develop these models and introduce each model. The webinar will provide ideas for program activities that HMRE practitioners can consider, and potentially test, as part of their programs.

Click here to register for the webinar on the Pathways-to-Outcomes models for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs: Monday, July 27th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT.

2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Responsible Fatherhood Programs

Event Description
This webinar will discuss a range of issues organizations should consider as they design programs and prepare applications in response to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the 2020 Responsible Fatherhood grant competition. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived on this webpage soon after the webinar.

Time/Date
2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Thursday, June 4, 2020

2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Healthy Marriage Adult Programs

Event Description
This webinar will discuss a range of issues organizations should consider as they design programs and prepare applications in response to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the 2020 Healthy Marriage Adults grant competition. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived on this webpage soon after the webinar.

Time/Date
2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Friday, June 5, 2020

2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Healthy Marriage Youth Programs

Event Description
This webinar will discuss a range of issues organizations should consider as they design programs and prepare applications in response to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the 2020 Healthy Marriage Youth grant competition. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived on this webpage soon after the webinar.

Time/Date
2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Monday, June 8, 2020

Tools for Data Management, Reporting, and Continuous Quality Improvement

Event Description
This webinar will discuss the performance measure system designed specifically for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees. Attendees will see a demonstration of the Information, Family Outcomes, Reporting, and Management (nFORM) system in action and will also learn how data from the system will be automatically uploaded into required reporting forms (such as the semi-annual Performance Progress Reports, or PPRs), greatly reducing the reporting burden on grantees. This webinar will also discuss continuous quality improvement (CQI) planning and implementation. The webinar will highlight CQI tools and resources. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived on this webpage soon after the webinar.

Time/Date
2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Local and Federal Evaluation: Answering Key Questions

Event Description
This webinar will discuss the expectation for local evaluations or grantee evaluation of specific research questions of interest. This exciting feature of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants allows grantees the opportunity to explore research questions in-depth, to inform both grantee operations and the knowledge base for the entire field. The webinar will also discuss federal evaluations of both the healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood grants. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived on this webpage soon after the webinar.

Time/Date
2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Wednesday, June 10, 2020