Engaging Community Members in Evaluations of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs
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 paper provides practical guidance to HMRF researchers on how to engage community members in designing and conducting evaluations of HMRF programs. The paper first reviews common frameworks for engaging community members in research. It then describes strategies that HMRF researchers can use to apply these frameworks to each stage of their program evaluations, from laying the groundwork and planning for the evaluation to interpreting and disseminating the evaluation findings. The paper concludes by highlighting challenges that could impact researchers’ ability to implement these engagement strategies, and some possible solutions to those challenges.