Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Questions about the different fields and how to collaborate

07/30/2008

Common Questions Identified:

  • What are the core skills and theories of change that guide each field?
  • What are the core skills and theories of change that guide each field?
  • Who are the target groups for each field and do these groups overlap?
  • Do the same factors make each field effective?
  • How does each field recognize what the other is doing?
  • What are the tools needed to help bring the fields together?
  • What would a successful, integrative model look like?

When attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions about each field, important knowledge and research gaps were identified. Beyond requesting more information about marriage education, participants were most interested in discovering what a successful, integrative model would look like. One group wondered what core skills would need to be added to each field to incorporate the others. Others focused on outcomes and wanted to know generally how to change behavior. They also wanted to look into what the key theories of change in each field are. Another group worried about potential barriers to collaboration and proposed a question about tensions that may exist between the groups and raised the possibility of incompatibility. They asked, “what if someone becomes financially literate and then decides it is best for them not to marry?” The questions raised by participants pinpointed key issues—including the need to clarify that marriage education is not about encouraging marriage in all cases—and helped identify barriers to collaboration.

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