Study Details for:
Bloomer, Stacey R. and Theresa A. Sipe (2003). The impact of the Georgia Fatherhood Program on employment and wages. Journal of Social Service Research 29(4): 53-65.

Study URL: Not available

Evaluation: Georgia Fatherhood Program (GFP)

Program Studied: Georgia Fatherhood Program (GFP)
See Study Characteristics tab below for more information about this program.

Strength of Evidence: 3-Low Low (1 of 3)

Populations Targeted Men, Non-custodial parents, Parents
Setting Mixed (urban and rural)
Services Provided Occupational or sectoral training, Soft skills training, Training, Work readiness activities


This study had a low evidence rating and the review has little confidence that its reported effects can be attributed to the approach it tested, so findings from this study are not listed.

Study Characteristics

Group Formation The authors surveyed fathers participating in the Georgia Fatherhood Program before they began program orientation. Non-participants, who were noncustodial parents required to pay child support, were recruited from child support enforcement offices or courthouses and offered $10 to complete an initial survey.

To collect post-test data, the authors contacted the participants and non-participants who had completed the initial survey, offering a $25 incentive for survey completion.
Strength of Evidence Description Low; the study used a quasi-experimental design and showed that, before the study began, more fathers in the treatment group than in the comparison group were already employed. The study design also did not statistically control for the earnings or employment levels before the study began.