Conference Program, English (pdf 1.13Mb)
This is the final version of the conference program, English.
Conference Program, French (pdf 812kb)
This is the final version of the conference program, French.
Father Involvement Research 2008 Presentation Abstracts (pdf 369kb)
This document contains the complete abstract of every conference presentation as of October 22, 2008.
Ten Promising Practices for Fatherhood Programs (U.S. National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse) (external website)
“What Works”in Fatherhood Programs? Ten Lessons from Evidence-based Practice (10 pages), identifies ten promising practices in fatherhood programs, derived from evaluations of fatherhood programs. Elements of Promising Practice for Fatherhood Programs: Evidence-Based Research Findings on Programs for Fathers (183 pages) discusses the ten promising practices in greater depth and provides information on over thirty fatherhood programs which have been subject to evaluation.
Enacting Research Ethics In Partnerships With Indigenous Communities in Canada (“Do It In A Good Way”) (pdf 260kb)
This article, published in the the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, describes aspects of the ethical approach used in the Indigenous Fathers component of FIRA’s CURA project and the Indigenous Child Project, an initiative carried out under the auspices of the Consortium for Intervention, Health, Learning and Development.
The Effects of Father Involvement - An Updated Research Summary of the Evidence (pdf 825kb)
Authored by Sarah Allen and Kerry Daly. This paper provides an overview of the way that men approach parenting and the effects that their involvement has on their children’s development. The report includes research on child development outcomes; father absence; men’s development; co-parental relationships; non-residential fathers; fathers, work, and family; and measures of father involvement. Follow link to PDF of article.
Father’s Involvement As A Determinant of Children’s Health (Brief Version) (pdf 670kb)
This is the short version of a report, prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada, which offers an assessment of the strength of current research evidence supporting a view that a father’s involvement plays a significant role in determining child health outcomes.
Fatherhood Project (Australia) (external website)
The Fatherhood Project is an Australian community-based group which creates programs, events and resources to support father and child relationships. One of their unique initiatives is the annual Fatherhood Festival, a three-day event where families come together to celebrate, question and share stories about fathers and family.
Father’s Involvement As A Determinant of Children’s Health (Full Version) (pdf 750kb)
This report, prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada, offers an assessment of research knowledge and a theoretical framework for understanding the role that fathers play and can play in the healthy development of children.
Tools for Working with Fathers (internal website)
Looking for educational or social marketing tools for working with fathers or promoting father involvement? FIRA’s listing of educational and social marketing resources has information about a variety of father-oriented booklets, videos, brochures, public service announcements and other resources. All are readily available and have either been developed in Canada or are in use by Canadian organizations working with fathers.
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers (Academic journal published by Men’s Studies Press) (external website)
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research and Practice about Men as Fathers (editor Joseph Pleck), is published three times a year by Men’s Studies Press, a small independent publisher dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of men’s studies scholars’ work. Fathering publishes the work of international fatherhood scholars including recent contributions by FIRA members John Beaton, Kerry Daly, Anna Dienhart and Andrea Doucet.
Inventory of Policies and Policy Areas Influencing Father Involvement (pdf 2.38Mb)
Authored by Donna S. Lero, Lynda M. Ashbourne, and Denise L. Whitehead. This policy inventory was developed to complement the research and outreach activities of the Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA) project. The inventory identifies the various ways current policies and institutional practices may affect fathers in diverse subpopulations and social circumstances across Canada. Follow link to PDF of inventory.
Aboriginal Fathers Learning Fathering: Overview of project in progress (pdf 402kb)
Authored by Jessica Ball, Candice Manahan, Leroy Joe, and Ron George. Link to PDF of progress report from the aboriginal fathers research cluster. Includes overview of literature review, demographic profile, and findings from interviews with aboriginal fathers.
Policies and Practices Affecting Aboriginal FathersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Involvement (Presentation at Second Tri-Annual Aboriginal Policy Research Conference) (pdf 193kb)
Authored by Jessica Ball and Ron George. This paper offers a perspective on how Canadian federal and provincial policies and practices may be affecting Aboriginal fathers’ involvement with their children. Includes key findings and implications for changing social policies. Follow link to PDF of presentation paper.
Measuring Father Involvement (doc 43kb)
Authored by Sarah Allen and Kerry Daly. An overview of some of the main ways father involvement has been measured, including measurement limitations and factors that interact with father involvement. Follow link to document.