Northwest Ohio Fatherhood Connection - Preparing Fathers to Meet the Emotional, Psychological, Physical and Financial Needs of their Children

Last registered on June 21, 2021

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General Information

Title
Northwest Ohio Fatherhood Connection - Preparing Fathers to Meet the Emotional, Psychological, Physical and Financial Needs of their Children
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007407
Initial registration date
June 18, 2021
Last updated
June 21, 2021, 11:48 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Mighty Crow Media

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Mighty Crow Media

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2022-04-01
End date
2024-12-01
Secondary IDs
The Office of Family Assistance 902J0017-01 00
Abstract
The Northwest Ohio Fatherhood Connection Project (NWOFC) provides a variety of intensive and coordinated approaches that empower low-income fathers develop skills that help the individual meet the physical, mental, emotional and financial needs of their children through a holistic service delivery approach. Interventions will promote: (a) Healthy Marriage, (b) Responsible Parenting, (c) Economic Stability and (d) Job Driven Employment Pathways. NWOFC aims to serve 175 low-income fathers per year (875 fathers over the course of the 5-year grant period). Fathers will be 18 years of age and older and will have children 24 years of age or younger. In addition to participating in the Nurturing Fathers curriculum, Marriage and Parenting Program (MA/PA), EMPATH mobility mentoring, and economic stability services, participants will be randomly assigned to the treatment condition (e.g., short-term employment training) or the control condition (usual services: workforce development services). NWOFC research will evaluate the implementation of the program including referral sources, enrollment demographics, and program component delivery. Additionally, we will assess (a) which program components (e.g., job-training program) are associated with better employment outcomes for participants; (b) whether there is a dose-response effect for NWOFC participation; (c) what NWOFC supports (e.g., transportation, peer support, recovery housing) are associated with better economic stability outcomes; and (d) the impact of mobility mentoring on participants’ economic stability.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Clark Hammond, Gretchen and Rebecca McCloskey. 2021. "Northwest Ohio Fatherhood Connection - Preparing Fathers to Meet the Emotional, Psychological, Physical and Financial Needs of their Children." AEA RCT Registry. June 21. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7407-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
NWOFC utilizes three evidence-based practices: (1) Nurturing Fathers Program (NFP), the Marriage and Parenting Program (MA & PA), and EMPATH Mobility Mentoring and vocational services and supports. NFP is a 13 session/32.5 hour training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men. NFP is the primary workshop curriculum of focus in this study. Mobility Mentoring is a coaching model grounded in brain science that recognizes that partnering/coaching with a client is essential to gain the skills needed to preserve economic independence. Mobility Mentoring provides coaching across the five domains of family stability, health and well-being, education and training, financial management, and employment and career bring a comprehensive focus to the complexity of economic stability. Finally, NWOFC includes job-driven vocational services that are designed to improve participants’ knowledge, understanding, skills, and employability. This component of the program is focused at assisting the participants in improving their income levels by empowering the fathers to develop higher level job skills that lead to higher paying jobs. Typically, these services include workforce and job training services that assist individuals in entering and advancing in fields of manufacturing, transportation, distribution, healthcare, business services, and construction trades. This study employs random assignment to compare differences between individuals who receive vocational services as usual and those who complete a short-term job training program in a high-demand occupation as identified by labor market information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS, 2019).
Intervention Start Date
2022-04-01
Intervention End Date
2024-04-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Key dependent variables include: Co-parenting relationship, father-child relationship, employment status and stability, economic stability.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Co-parenting relationship = Scores assessed from nFORM entry and exit surveys: questions from parenting alliance domain section of the tool

Father-child relationship = Scores assessed from nFORM entry and exit surveys: questions from parenting engagement, parenting skills, and parenting efficacy section of the tool

Employment = improvement in employment status assessed via nFORM entry and exit surveys: questions about employment status and wages; Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Fathers’ Challenges Measure assessed employment challenges (pre and post); EMPath Mobility Bridge goal setting tool improvement in scores over time; Discharge summary: Yes/no questions re: employment status changes over the course of the program including whether or not participant reported achieving an improved position, wages, industry-recognized credential, completion of job training, and employment in field in which trained.

Economic stability = Improvement in economic stability assessed via nFORM entry and exit surveys: questions about economic stability; Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Fathers’ Challenges Measure assessed economic challenges (pre and post)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This research proposes an experimental study with a randomized pre-test/post-test design.

We will use random assignment to compare economic stability and vocational attainment outcomes between the intervention group receiving targeted short-term job training and the control/comparison group that is receiving vocational support services, as usual, to see if the intervention caused the changes in observed employment and economic stability outcomes.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Block randomization by computer using online tool: http://www.randomization.com
Randomization Unit
Randomized in blocks/units of 10 individuals; roughly 10 individuals makes up one cohort for enrollment
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
875 individuals; randomized in cohorts of 10
Sample size: planned number of observations
875 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
438 individuals = intervention/short-term vocational training
437 individuals = control/vocational services as usual
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
We used G*Power software to calculate power and effect size for our vocational outcomes (binary). The analysis was based on Exact - Proportions: Inequality, two dependent groups, two-tailed (McNemar test). The minimum sample size required for 80% power and a large effect size is 398. The minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes = .20; N = 112.
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
WCG IRB
IRB Approval Date
2021-06-14
IRB Approval Number
1310666
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