Performance Improvement 2009. How Have Healthy Marriage Initiatives Been Implemented?


This study evaluated implementation of healthy marriage demonstrations. The study examined three different approaches to implementing a healthy marriage initiative and showed how various organizations leveraged their strengths and abilities to get their projects up and running.

The three programs exhibited several similarities: all provided 10-12 hours in training that emphasized relationship skills and other attributes of successful couples and families; all had a graduation that participants could achieve by attending 10-12 hours of training; all provided referrals to other agencies for problems ranging from employment and housing to drug rehabilitation and education; all built on other local programs; each sponsor began with partners, community contact and support, and an understanding of the grant requirements; each had experience with recruiting and delivering services to the community; all three took considerable time to start serving people and all involved changes in partnerships; nonetheless, each site made progress toward its goals and served at least one third of the participants it proposed to reach; and all three programs are reaching low-income individuals and couples.

Report Title: Piloting a Community Approach to Healthy Marriage Initiatives in Three Sites: Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts and Jacksonville, Florida; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Erica Zielewski, 202-401-5995
Performer: Research Triangle Institute
PIC ID: 8923

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