Strategic priorities for implementation of father-inclusive practice in mental health services for children and families: A Delphi expert consensus study

Marek B. Baran*, Vilas Sawrikar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate expert consensus on barriers and facilitators to the organizational implementation of Father-Inclusive Practice (FIP) in child and family services to establish strategic priorities for implementation. 
Methods: An international panel of 56 experts in child and family service provision and father inclusion were surveyed using the Delphi technique. Three online questionnaires were used to gather opinions and measure experts’ levels of agreement in regard to factors that enable or hinder the organizational implementation of FIP. Survey design, analysis and interpretation was guided by the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR).
Results: Consensus was achieved for 46.4% (n=13) statements. Eight barriers and five facilitators were identified as strategic priorities to organizational implementation of FIP. The key factors were related to the following CFIR themes: leadership engagement, access to information and knowledge, implementation climate, structural characteristics, networks and communication, client needs and resources, external policies and incentives, and reflecting and evaluating. Conclusions: The study findings suggest that issues related to central prioritization, top-down organizational processes and external policy context should represent priority areas for implementation. Our results prioritise methods for improving FIP by highlighting the key areas of organizational practice to be addressed by tailored implementation strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages37
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Delphi method
  • barriers and faciltators
  • father-inclusive practice
  • implementation
  • organizational context
  • child and family services

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