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Are You Ready for Fatherhood Programming?
As more organizations consider implementing fatherhood programming, Alliance members already providing these services offer several suggestions to ensure organizations are prepared:
- Think Strategically. Evaluate how a fatherhood program will further the mission and strategic intent of the agency.
- Take an Honest Look at the Organization’s Culture. Think about whether there is a long-term commitment to this population from the board, staff, and community partners. Also, consider how the organization can more intentionally serve fathers, what perceptions young fathers have of the organization, and how the organization can become more father-friendly and culturally relevant.
- Assess Existing Services. Review whether fatherhood programming will complement the organization’s core programs.
- Evaluate Capacity and Financial Resources. The organization must have the capacity and financial resources to create and sustain a new program. Factor in the need for training, a strong internal case management and referral system, and excellent communication within the agency and across programs.
- Identify Potential Partners and Collaborators. Think about other organizations and collaborators with which the organization can partner to offer complementing services.
- Determine How to Measure Outcomes. A good system to measure outcomes is necessary, and the organization must be prepared to implement one. Funding for fatherhood programming often is difficult to acquire, but programs with documented, positive outcomes are best equipped to compete.
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