ON-Lion Letter
A recent evaluation of the National Fatherhood Initiative's (NFI's) InsideOut Dad program for incarcerated fathers, conducted by Rutgers University-Newark's School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), has found that the program is effective, qualifying it as the first evidence-based program designed specifically for working with inmate fathers.

An SPAA team led by Deborah Ward studied the implementation of the program at three correctional facilities in New Jersey operated by Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC).  A report on the study, Assessing the Impact of InsideOut Dad on Newark Community Education Centers (CEC) Residential Reentry Center Residents, compares the effects of the InsideOut Dad program on an intervention group of more than 300 incarcerated fathers who participated in the program to a control group of incarcerated fathers who did not participate in it.  An executive summary of the report is available online.

Through the quantitative data collected, the researchers found statistically significant changes across confidence, knowledge, behavior, and attitude variables in the intervention group compared to the control group.

The researchers also conducted interviews with program facilitators.  This qualitative data indicates that several of the practical issues which emerged in previous evaluations of other parenting programs for incarcerated parents did not become a problem, such as staff turnover, poor coordination, interruptions during class, a lack of respect, and comprehension difficulties.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports NFI.
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