Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): A Process Evaluation. Multi-Sector Engagement


To reach a broad range of individuals, the OMI aimed to build the supply of services within organizations and institutions as well as within the general community.

  • Institutions.  The OMI has succeeded in implementing services  at least to some extent  in a wide range of nonprofit organizations, social institutions, and government agencies.  These include high schools, correctional centers, welfare offices, juvenile offender programs, early childhood education programs, adoptive parent services, Cooperative Extension, and Child Guidance services.  Other sectors have also been involved, including universities, businesses, and military bases, though they were not included as a focus of this study.  Although both the institutional sector and the community volunteer sector have been important, more workshops have been conducted, and more people have participated, in the institutional sector.  From 2001 to 2007, workshop leaders at institutions had led 5,525 workshops, serving 90,472 participants. 
  • Community.  One of the OMIs strategies has been to engage, train, and support volunteers throughout the state.  Many of these volunteers were employed in the faith, counseling, or community services sector, and some have focused on special populations such as Native Americans or Spanish-speaking Hispanics.  Activity in the community sector is increasing due to large-scale community events that provide an abbreviated form of the relationship skills curriculum.  By the end of 2007, community volunteers had led 1,500 PREP® workshops, serving a total of 25,404 participants.

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