CES4Health.info is a brand new, free, online mechanism for
peer-reviewing, publishing and disseminating a diverse range of
products from participatory action research and other health-related
community-engaged scholarship. This resource was designed to facilitate
dissemination of results and knowledge products other than academic
journal articles. A distinctive feature of CES4Health.info is that
every product is reviewed by both community and academic reviewers.
Examples of the types of products which can be submitted for peer
review include training manuals, policy briefs, presentations,
instructional DVDs, websites and online curricula.
CES4Heaklth.info was developed by a nine member editorial team led by
Cathy Jordan, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology at the
University of Minnesota.
For more information about CES4Health.info click here.
FIRA’s inaugural research project, ends officially on December 31, 2009.
This project, funded through the Community University Research Alliance (CURA) program of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, was a multi-faceted program of research involving academic researchers at 10 Canadian Universities working with partners at 20 community organizations across Canada.
Our CURA project produced:
• Studies of seven socially defined sub-populations of fathers
• A network of researchers and practitioners interested in father involvement in Canada
• Canada’s first analysis of policies, policy areas and policy gaps related to father involvement
• Canada’s first analysis of Census data through the lens of fatherhood
• A plethora of knowledge products including scholarly papers, theses, conference presentations, films and educational resources for parents and practitioners
• Canada’s first international father involvement conference
More information about all aspects of our project is available on our website.
A new steering committee has been formed to guide FIRA into it’s next ongoing phase of operations and to renew the organization as a Canadian Centre of Expertise on Father Involvement research and practice.
For more information about the prospectus for FIRA’s second phase click here.
Although FIRA’s CURA project is winding down FIRA will continue to operate. FIRA is currently a partner in a neuroscience study being conduced at York University’s Milton and Ethel Harris Research Institute.
To read more about the study, click here.
FIRA thanks the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Centre for Families Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph, The Public Health Agency of Canada, and all of the researchers, community partners and fathers who made our research project such as great success!
Recent findings from the Supporting Father Involvement Study, led by Carolyn Pape Cowan and Phillip Cowan of the University of California at Berkeley, confirm that one of the best ways to enhance father involvement in is through couple-oriented programs that focus primarily on the quality of the relationship between the parents, rather than parenting skills.
This randomized controlled trial, the latest study in a 30- year body of research by the Cowans and their colleagues, showed that a 16-week program for heterosexual couples resulted in more consistent and long-term benefits for father involvement than a similar program for fathers alone. Most fathering and parenting programs do not focus primarily on the couple relationship.
To read more about this important study, click here.