We wish to acknowledge the contributions of many individuals in the development of this report. They include Jennifer Burnszynski and Linda Mellgren at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who provided wise guidance throughout the project. Our thanks go especially to Mary Myrick, president of Public Strategies, Inc. (PSI), the organization that manages the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI), for graciously providing access to the information needed to conduct the study. Kendy Cox, who directs the service delivery system for the OMI, deserves special appreciation for patiently responding to each of our many questions. In addition to members of OMIs research advisory group and staff at Oklahomas Department of Human Services, individuals within various public and private organizations and in the general community gave freely of their time to share their experiences and perspectives, without which this report could not have been developed. At Mathematica, we thank Alan Hershey who provided an excellent technical review of this report, Daryl Hall for providing editorial support, and Donna Dorsey who contributed production assistance.
The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.