The Fatherhood Institute and experts from Yale University say a ‘game change’ is needed in the commissioning, design and evaluation of parenting programmes, to get fathers more involved and thus improve child outcomes and value-for-money.
Our global review of evidence, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that fathers are largely ignored by parenting programmes in the UK and elsewhere. Parenting programmes rarely attempt to engage with fathers or evaluate their impact on key outcomes for both parents. Cost-effectiveness evidence for such programmes is rare, but research shows that they work best where both parents are engaged - so well-designed, father-inclusive programmes should be the most cost-effective. Read the full story »