Performance Improvement 2011-2012. What Are the Early Impacts Of the Building Strong Families Project?

01/01/2012

Researchers tested interventions designed to improve the quality of unmarried parents' relationships and increase the likelihood that they would remain together. This impact evaluation was designed to identify the extent of success but not to provide an explanation of why one program was more successful than another.

When all the Building Strong Families (BSF) programs were combined, BSF did not improve relationship quality or make couples more likely to remain romantically involved or get married. Fifteen months after entering the program, the relationship outcomes of BSF couples were, on average, almost identical to those of couples in the control group. Program impacts varied substantially across the eight programs included in the evaluation. The program in Oklahoma City had a consistent pattern of positive effects on relationship outcomes, while the Baltimore program had a number of negative effects. The other programs generally had little or no effect on relationships. Given the wide variation in program effects, it is useful to consider what is distinctive about the two programs with the strongest patterns of effects—Oklahoma City and Baltimore.

Report Title: Strengthening Unmarried parents' Relationships: The Early Impacts of Building Strong Families http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/build_fam/reports/unmarried_parents/15_impact_main_rpt.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Seth Chamberlain, 202-260-2242
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9844 (Report completed June 15, 2010)

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Report Title: Implementation of Eight Programs to Strengthen Unmarried Parent Families
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Seth Chamberlain, 202-260-2242
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9845 (Report completed June 15, 2010)

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