Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): A Process Evaluation. Implementing a Marriage Initiative at the Community Level

05/23/2008

A cornerstone of the OMI approach has been its utilization of community volunteers to deliver marriage education services.  This grassroots approach emphasizes the role of ordinary people in promoting change.  In this chapter, we describe how the OMI works to stimulate both supply and demand for marriage education services in communities throughout the state.  First, we focus on the successes and challenges the OMI encountered in identifying, recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to lead workshops in their communities.  Then we describe the role and use of large-scale community events that provide introductory instruction in relationship skills and may fuel interest in more extensive community workshops.  We conclude with a summary of lessons learned in the development of a community volunteer network.  The implementation of OMI services in publicly-funded institutions and agencies is discussed in Chapter IV.

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