Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): A Process Evaluation. Timeline of Institutional Implementation


Each of the organizations profiled in this chapter first became involved with the OMI between 2001 and 2004.  In some cases they were directly approached by OMI leaders, while in other cases representatives of the agency learned of the initiative and approached the OMI.  Agencies took different paths to implementation after first learning what the initiative could offer (Figure IV.1).  Some began sending their staff to be trained and began offering workshops in short order.  Others presented various issues that first needed to be addressed to create a workable partnership or to identify an implementation strategy.  For example, in some cases a curriculum adaptation had to be created before workshop activity could begin.  Still other agencies started out strong but encountered challenges along the way, impeding their progress.  As a result, there was substantial variation across agencies in the timing and extent of workshop activity. Within each agency, the extent of implementation has also tended to vary across time.  The implementation issues that emerged often varied from one agency to the next, so although the OMI could sometimes apply lessons learned early in implementation to later efforts, in other instances new agency partnerships brought their own learning experiences.

Figure IV.1
Sequence, History, and Intensity of OMI Workshop Activity By Agency

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Initiated 2001
   Extension Services A 1 4 3 3 2 1 1
   Child Guidance A 2 2 3 2 1 1 1
   Welfare (TANF) A 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
Initiated 2002
   Youth Services A 1 1 3 4 4 3 2
   Head Start   A 0 1 1 0 1 0
Initiated 2003
   High Schools   A 0 5 5 6 6
   Correctional Centers   A 0 2 3 2 2 2
Initiated 2004
   Adoptive Services   A 0 0 2 2 2 3
Source:  OMI Management Information System. 
A=indicates the year that the agency was first approached about supporting the OMI through referrals or workshop delivery.
a Data for the number of students taking Connections-PREP® in the high schools is estimated, based on the number of curriculum workbooks ordered by teachers.
Legend Number of participants
0 0
1 1-99
2 100-499
3 500-999
4 1,000-4,999
5 5,000-9,999
6 10,000 or  more

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