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


[1] The State of Texas launched a statewide strategy in 2007, with plans to offer free marriage education classes beginning in September 2008.


[2] 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.

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

[4] For example, the State of Texas launched a statewide strategy in 2007, with plans to offer free marriage education classes beginning in September 2008.

[5] For more information about marriage education, visit the Smart Marriages website at:  http://www.smartmarriages.com.

[6] The Center for Relationship Development was established to help students learn to build healthy, lasting relationships; to foster positive relationships with their classmates, roommates, parents, teammates, siblings, bosses, and potential marriage partners; and to solve relationship problems (http://www.spu.edu/depts/spfc/undergrad/ops/realrelationships.asp).  CLASP is a national nonprofit organization that conducts research, policy analysis, and advocacy and provides information and technical assistance to improve the lives of low-income people (http://www.clasp.org/about.php).

[7] The addition of +PREP® was later dropped from the title of this curriculum, although the material and format remain the same.

[8] Fee for three-day training in PREP at 2008 Smart Marriages Conference.

[9] The number of workshops and participants cited in this paragraph do not include Adoptive Couples retreats, which were also conducted by Child Guidance staff in later years.

[10] For more information about the Connections curriculum, see http://www.BuildingRelationshipSkills.org. Note that the +PREP® extension in the title of the curriculum has been dropped, though the curriculum retains the PREP® material. 

[11] An exception to this policy is that inmates in one facility that houses female inmates has a regimented substance abuse treatment center whose residents are required to attend the program.

[12] Note that the total number of participants includes the OMIs estimate of high school participants.

[13] There could be duplicates in the number of participants if some people attend more than one workshop or community event. 

[14] This includes high school participants plus half of the group of youth services participants.  About half of the participants in the latter group were juveniles; the other half were their parents.


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