The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) established the Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) in October 2006 for Fiscal Year 2007.  The JFSAP program is intended to meet the needs of geographically dispersed Armed Forces families by providing specific needed services, such as financial and material assistance, by delivering services directly to families through outreach, and by enhancing service delivery coordination through  facilitation and collaboration with existing Military and Family Support Centers and other military, Federal, state and local agencies and community organizations. The program was piloted in six states in 2007 and quickly expanded to the remaining 35 states and four U.S. territories, thus becoming a nationwide program in 2008. The University of Georgia has been asked by and is working in collaboration with the Office of Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) to conduct an implementation assessment to determine if the program is being implemented in accordance with the legislative mandate. The results are expected to guide future monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on the JFSAP program as well as to shape program guidance and policy.

Project Goals

  • Determine what aspects of the JFSAP program can be most readily evaluated
  • Determine whether JFSAP is being implemented as mandated by legislation
  • Identify lessons learned and what makes an effective program
  • Determine what guidance is needed to assist  state JFSAP  teams
  • Develop recommendations for the future direction of the JFSAP program

Project Investigators

  • Jay A. Mancini, PhD, was the Principal Investigator, Department Head, and Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor of the Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • Deborah Mancini, MS, was the Co-Principal Investigator and Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Family Research