Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Young Dads TV project

Young Dads TV Impact Evaluation

The Education Observatory implemented an impact evaluation of the Young Dads TV Project (YDTV) interventions on Young Dads (YDs) and stakeholder organisations. YDTV was a project initiated by Media for Development to improve young fathers’ visibility and recognition and help address the complex web of challenges and barriers which all too often result in young fathers being distant figures in their children’s lives.

Completed Projects
Mental health and vulnerability
Overcoming disadvantage


 The Young Dads TV (YDTV) project ran from 2010-2013. The project evaluation ran between September 2012 and May 2013. The capability approach, derived from development studies underpinned the evaluation design in order to examine the project from a social justice perspective.

“YDTV helped me find a voice and realise that there are other people in the same situation”

YDTV logo

“Before as a father I lacked confidence, but now I feel excited about the future and every day I spend with my children.”

Download the Executive Summary

YDTV Evaluation Executive Summary


Challenges faced by young dads

  • The media
  • The unfairness of the benefits system
  • Finance
  • Perceived negative public perception and criticism
  • Systemic issues
  • Children's services

Most significant changes associated with YDTV

  • Improved parenting skills: By being part of the YDTV project, dads were more likely to feel they were effective and engaged parents.
  • Increased confidence: This manifested itself in the ability to talk to people about parenting, helping other dads by setting up local networks and fulfilling academic aspirations.
  • Improved access to provision: Stakeholders reported ydTV provided insights into how to improve or enhance their services for yds.
  • Attitudinal changes: Stakeholders also reported a growth in confidence in the yds they worked with and a change in attitudes towards being a parent and understanding mothers’ needs.
  • Increased capability and functioning: YDTV enabled YDs to: find information about parenting services; pursue personal goals; take part in groups concerned with policy issues; know their legal rights before the law; and promote yds’ issues to service providers. nearly all yds had developed and maintained self-respect. The most effective activity was facilitating the development of support groups and networks.