System/Service Approaches

Inventory of policies and policy areas influencing father involvement.
D.S. Lero, L. Ashbourne, D. Whitehead. Centre for Families, Work & Well-Being, University of Guelph. Father Involvement Research Alliance. (2006).
This inventory identifies public policies, institutional practices, and community services that construct or shape fathers’ rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for involvement with their children. The inventory also addresses how these policies may affect the diversity that exists among fathers.

Men’s Participation as Fathers in Latin American and Caribbean Region: A Critical Literature Review with Policy Considerations.
G. Barker & F. Verani. Promundo and Save the Children Sweden (2008)
The purpose of this document is to provide an overview and analysis of men’s participation as fathers in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This literature review contains theoretical and empirical considerations on: the role of men in families and on the role of men in child development and well-being; policy and program experiences influencing men’s participation as fathers; existing data on men’s participation as fathers in the region; and some economic implications of men’s participation and non-participation as fathers. The paper concludes with program, policy and research considerations for the region.

National plan to reduce violence against women and their children including the first three-year action plan.
Council of Australian Governments (2010)
The National Plan is designed to provide a coordinated framework that improves the scope, focus and effectiveness of governments’ actions, ensuring women and their children receive the support and information they need.

Policy approaches to engaging men and boys in achieving gender equity and health equity.
World Health Organization (2010)
This brief provides a case for using policy approaches to engage men, a framework for integrating men into policies aimed at reducing gender inequity, and highlights some policy initiatives that have advanced gender equality.

The Costs and Benefits of Active Fatherhood. Evidence and insights to inform the development of policy and practice.
A. Burgess. Fathers Direct, United Kingdom (2008)
This comprehensive document highlights research regarding fatherhood in various contexts including vulnerable fathers, working with vulnerable fathers; fatherhood during various child development periods, and fathers and family change.

What men have to do with it: Public policies to promote gender equity.
Barker et al. International Center for Research on Women & Instituto Promundo (2010)
The Men & Gender Equality Policy Project is a multi-year, multi-country effort to leverage existing policies and raise awareness among policymakers of the need to involve men in gender equality, health, and development agendas. This report reviews policies from several countries and their impact on gender equality goals, addressing social norms that reinforce gender role stereotypes, and gaps in various policy areas including engaging men as fathers and caregivers.