Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Toward a Shared Understanding of Each Field


To better understand the potential for collaboration and to begin a conversation between experts in all three fields, select representatives gathered in Washington, DC on February 5, 2008 to share their field and research experiences and ideas about collaboration. In addition to large group discussions, participants were divided into small groups and given specific questions to address.2 Each group then presented what they had discussed, informing the rest about their thoughts and conclusions. The goal of the roundtable was to begin a conversation about collaboration and to generate ideas and next steps in order to pave the way for more integrative programs and policy that could address the multiple needs of low-income couples and families. After the roundtable meeting, RTI staff conducted follow-up phone calls with some participants to explore further collaboration and research ideas that were only briefly discussed during the day due to limited time.

2 Appendix C contains the small group discussion questions.

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