Please join us for the Learn. Engage. Act. Discussion (LEAD) Series
Why do fathers matter? Measuring Impact
Exploring what the research tells us, what it doesn’t and why we need to know.
The event is Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT)
1701 W. 13th St
Chicago, IL 60608
Robert Simmons III, Ed.D., Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Robert W. Simmons III, EdD is responsible for the national implementation and development of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s place-based efforts to improve the life outcomes for Black men and boys. Using the organization’s Bold Goal and High School Excellence Framework, Robert is charged with partnering with communities to support their efforts, and invest resources, to accelerate the rate at which Black boys complete high school college, career and community ready.
Dr. Simmons’ remarks will address why research on the linkage between working with fathers and outcomes for their children is important, what the field loses without this information, and how this information can be used to improve programs, policies, and outcomes for both fathers and children.
A panel of evaluation professionals will respond to Dr. Simmons’ address by highlighting the current state of research on the impact that supporting fathers has on outcomes for their children. The panels will explore the current gaps in existing research, and the barriers and opportunities for bridging those gaps.
Ricardo Millett, Ph.D., Principal Associate, Community Science
Dr. Millett, formerly the President of The Woods Fund in Chicago and the Director of Program Evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has considerable experience directing program evaluation and strategic planning efforts to affect social change. At Community Science, Dr. Millett directed evaluations for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Summit Health Institute for Research and Education.
Dr. Millett will moderate a panel of practitioners to discuss how they measure the impact of their father-focused programs on their children, families and communities.
9:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Keynote Address by Robert Simmons, Ph.D.
Respondent Panel of Evaluation Professionals
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel Discussion moderated by Ricardo Millett, Ph.D.
Features practitioners who are currently attempting to measure the impact of their work with fathers on children, families and communities
12:00 – 12:30 PM
Questions and Answers
Challenge to the Field
For more event information, contact Heather Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Power of Fathers is a collaboration between Children’s Home + Aid; Family Focus; Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities; and Metropolitan Family Services to improve the life circumstances of fathers in order to improve outcomes for their children, families, and communities.