National Fatherhood Initiative’s InsideOut Dad is a hit, according to a study at Rutgers University.

The NFI’s InsideOut Dad program was launched in 2005 to help inmate fathers re-connect with their families, giving them valuable tools to use once they’re out of prison. Topics are both broad – “What is a man,” “Expressing Anger” – to specific – “Creating a Fathering Plan”. The program aims to get fathers out of prison and to motivate them to stay out.

In the study conducted by the Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration, entitled “Assessing the Impact of InsideOut Dad™ on Newark Community Education Centers’ Residential Reentry Center Residents,” found that there was a two-fold success to the program: with inmates and with prison staff. Inmates were improving in confidence, knowledge, behavior and attitude, and prison staff wasn’t plagued with some of the problems past programs created – a lack of comprehension from the inmates, poor staff coordination, class interruptions and staff turnover.

Congrats to the NFI for creating an effective program, and congrats to those former-inmate-fathers who can now spend quality time with their families.

You can learn more about InsideOut Dad here.