Research Design and Procedures by qws18475


									Research Design and Procedures

Eligible fathers who agree to the program and sign consent forms are divided by random
selection into two groups: a treatment group and a measurement-only group. Both groups
receive the usual child welfare services such fathers would receive, and data on both groups and
their children are collected to determine the success of the interventions in terms of the outcomes
discussed above. The treatment group, in addition, receives the model intervention program.

The implementation processes will be evaluated with respect to fidelity to model, barriers to
successful delivery and participation, strategies developed to overcome these barriers and lessons
learned. The QIC staff places a high value on the formative evaluation, thus a certain degree of
adaptability will be welcomed.

The majority of outcomes data will come directly from the fathers themselves, in the form of
series of interviews given to fathers (copies of which are attached). These variables measure the
outcomes of father attitudes toward – and ease of interaction with the Child Welfare and court
systems, as well as nature and quality of engagement with their children in foster care. These
outcomes will be measured against initial factors such as past history with systems, relationship
with mother, and various demographic characteristics. Information gained at these interviews
will go into a fathers' data set

Many of the variables in the data sets will have a temporal dimension. Certain data will be
collected at intake (T1, baseline), during the program (T2, short-term outcomes), and at or close
to exit from program/at program closing (T3, intermediate-term outcomes). The notation Ti is
used for general reference to this temporality.

Child outcomes measurement will include safety and permanency indicators from administrative
data, which will have coded ID's but no direct identifiers. These data include data from
AFCARS, NCANDS and case records.

The Flowchart on the following page shows the various groups to be examined.
Note that in addition to the fathers in the treatment and measurement only groups, data on
children of eligible fathers who decline the offer, as well as those of ineligible fathers will be

 A more elaborate description of the collection, management and analysis of data can be found in
the Evaluation Plan, which is available to all IRB members and project stakeholders upon
                                                   QIC-NRF Research Procedure

                   State of XX
                Children in Foster

                     AFCARS                                                                                                Children of
                                                                                                                           Fathers in
                                                                                                             Group (i)
                                                                                                                            Tx Grp

                                                          Fathers    +         Fathers     +
                                       Project                                                  Random
                                                          Deemed             Accepted or
                                       County                                                  Assignment   Measureme
                                                          Eligible            Declined                                     Children of
                                                                                                                           Fathers in
                                                                                                                             nt Grp
                                                     --                  -                                      (ii)
       Children in
       Foster Care
        with Non-
                                      All other                                                             Eligible but
                                     Counties in                                                              decline       Children of
                                      State XX                                                                   (iii)     Fathers who
                                      Children                                                                               declined

                                                                                                              Fathers      Children of
                                                                                                             ineligible     Ineligible
                                                                                                                (iv)         Fathers

Flow chart showing groups (Research Procedures)

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