This process evaluation analyzed the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI), which aims to promote and strengthen marriage for low income families, primarily by providing relationship skills education. The OMI uses service delivery infrastructure to provide services and has a growing cadre of volunteer relationship skills instructors trained under the program. It focuses on serving low-income families but is open to all. Interviews were conducted with key program stakeholders and other community leaders. Data, including OMI program records, were analyzed.
Preliminary findings were that the OMI was successfully implemented in high schools, providing relationship skills classes in 90% of OK high schools and serving over 62,500 youth. Successful implementation was linked to a well-identified avenue for implementation: a marriage and family course in high schools, ready access to youth, making training materials easily accessible, and providing teacher support.
Report (1) Title: The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative: An Overview of the Longest-Running Statewide Marriage Initiative in the U.S. http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/06/OMI/index.htm
Report (2) Title: How Was the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, The Longest-Running Statewide Marriage Initiative in the U.S. , Developed and Implemented? http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/06/OMI/index.htm
Report (3) Title: Putting Marriage on the Agenda: How Oklahoma Laid the Foundation for Its Marriage Initiative http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/06/OMI/index.htm
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Jennifer Burnszynski, 202-690-8651
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
PIC ID: 8533, 8533.1, 8533.2