Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): The Promise and Challenge of Using Volunteers to Provide Community-Based Marriage Education. Endnotes


[1] The OMI categorizes volunteer workshop leaders based on their primary occupations, even though they usually do not offer OMI workshops as part of their paid job responsibilities.  Because members of the faith community may hold primary jobs outside of their religious institution, there is no clear distinction between volunteers classified as being in the faith community vs. the broader community.

[2] The OMI generally uses a single marriage education curriculum, the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), although some adaptations of this curriculum are also in use in various sectors.

[3] The OMIs efforts in the faith- and community-based sector are only one small part of its broader activities.  Including activity in public sectors, the OMI has trained many more workshop leaders.

[4] The standard PREP format is 12 hours of material typically offered over a six-week period, whereas Sweethearts Weekend provided 7-8 hours of material in a single event.

This ASPE Research Brief describes lessons learned during the establishment of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, drawing on findings from an in-depth process evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. under contract to ASPE.  This brief was prepared by Robin Dion and Sarah Avellar.  Other briefs focus on other aspects of the OMIs implementation, including its successes and challenges, and strategies used to address obstacles encountered.


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