Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): A Process Evaluation. Workshop Leaders:  Number Trained and Activity Levels


According to the OMI database, 2,277 individuals had been trained to deliver PREP® workshops by the end of 2007 (Table V.1).  Community volunteers were trained in slightly greater numbers than leaders at public institutions.  Across all institutional and community volunteers, the three groups with the largest numbers of trained leaders were individuals who identified themselves as associated with the faith sector (493), high school teachers (364), and counselors or mental health professionals (277).

Most people trained as workshop leaders have not gone on to deliver workshops. Thirty-six percent of those trained had led at least one workshop by late 2007, and a smaller proportion, 18 percent, had conducted at least three workshops.  This suggests that a small fraction of those trained are meeting their commitment to deliver four workshops.  The proportion of trained individuals who held at least one workshop was about the same in the institutional sectors (35 percent) and the community sectors (38 percent). 

Several factors may explain why most workshops were led by a relatively small cadre of workshop leaders.  First, not all individuals who were trained in the curriculum were necessarily expected to go on to become workshop leaders.  For example, some training participants, especially in the early years, were management staff at agencies who were considering whether to engage in supporting the OMI but did not plan to offer workshops themselves; others sometimes participated so that they would be better prepared to refer agency clients to workshops.  Second, some agencies have elected to front-load the training of all available staff in order to make for easier rollout on a gradual basis.  Some of these trainees are not expected to offer workshops until it is organizationally appropriate.  Third, the data do not capture those trainees who may be co-leading OMI workshops because the OMI appropriately counts each workshop only once, when it is reported by the leader (i.e., two leaders conducting a workshop would be counted as one workshop, even though two trainees are involved). 

Table V.1.
Activity Levels of Workshop Leaders, by Occupation or Population of Interest
  Percentage of Workshop Leaders Who Conducted
Sector Total Number of
Workshop Leaders
High School Teachersa 364 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Youth Services Staff 260 47 17 10 27
College Instructors 83 63 24 10 4
Business Persons 9 44 56 0 0
OSDH Staff 46 9 20 35 37
Prison Chaplains 46 41 24 11 24
TANF Agency Staff 95 53 18 15 15
Extension Services Educators 41 15 12 20 54
Head Start Staff 17 76 12 12 0
Subtotal 961 65 12 8 14
Community Volunteers
Clergy, Mentors, Faith 493 60 25 8 6
Counselors, Mental Health Workers, Clinicians 277 64 21 10 5
Military 30 60 10 7 23
Social Workers 139 55 24 9 12
Hispanic Services 80 69 20 6 5
Native American Services 38 66 18 11 5
General Community 137 65 18 11 7
Subtotal 1,194 62 22 9 7
Other 122 80 8 5 7
Total 2,277 64 17 8 10
Source:  OMI Management Information System.
a Data for number of workshops/classes held by trained high school teachers is not available.

Although individuals from the faith, education, and counseling sectors were apparently the most eager to be trained, they were not the most active in delivering workshops.  Instead, staff from Oklahomas State Department of Health (OSDH) and Cooperative Extension Service workers were most likely to produce workshops following training, when we consider the full period of OMI operations.  This may be partly due to the fact that, at least for a period, these two agencies each had a formal contract with the OMI that supported workshop delivery. 

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