Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): A Process Evaluation: Research Brief. Endnotes

12/01/2008

1. An exception is couples who are expecting a baby, who can be easily identified through the maternal health system. The OMI includes the Family Expectations program, which is part of two national experimental evaluations of programs for low-income married and unmarried expectant couples. Because of the relatively recent implementation of this program, Family Expectations couples are not included in the estimates shown here. For more information about this program, see Dion, et al. 2007, Implementation of the Building Strong Families Program, Washington DC: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

2. This percentage excludes data for the number of workshops/classes held by trained high school teachers, which is not available.

Evaluation Methodology for the OMI Process Study
Information reported in the OMI research brief series is based on an analysis of data gathered during an ongoing multiyear study of the initiatives design, development, and implementation. Study methodologies include semi-structured interviews with individuals and groups, direct observation of program operations, focus groups with staff and participants, and secondary analysis of data from existing reports and surveys. The research team met directly with more than 160 individuals involved with the OMI in various ways, focusing on implementation in the education, social services, health, and community volunteer sectors, and including a special emphasis on OMI services within the states correctional system. Mathematicas research team is led by M. Robin Dion, and includes Alan M. Hershey, Debra A. Strong, Heather Zaveri, Sarah Avellar, Nikki Aikens, and Timothy Silman.
About This Research Brief
This brief was prepared by M. Robin Dion, Sarah A. Avellar, Heather H. Zaveri, Debra A. Strong, Alan M. Hershey, Timothy J. Silman, and Betsy Santos of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. under contract to ASPE.

The brief summarizes the findings from an in-depth process evaluation.  The full report, and additional briefs focusing on specific aspects of the OMIs implementation, are available at ASPEs web site:  http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/06/OMI

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