Measuring Child Well-Being in Evaluations of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs (Research Brief)
Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
This brief describes how HMRE and RF programs might influence child well-being and provides recommendations for evaluators who want to measure child well-being in their studies. These recommendations stem from a literature review of how HMRE and RF evaluations measure child well-being, which is described in more detail in a white paper (Cavadel et al. 2022). Based on this review, we provide three recommendation for evaluators interested in measuring child well-being: (1) Measure multiple aspects of child well-being; (2) Measure parenting and parent well-being to gain a better understanding of how HMRE and RF programs may affect children; and (3) Consider the cultural validity and relevance of the measures.