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”
“Before as a father I lacked confidence, but now I feel excited about the future and every day I spend with my children.”
Challenges faced by young dads
- The media
- The unfairness of the benefits system
- 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.