Researchers tested a program model for couples that emphasized joint employment planning, relationship support, and engagement of the couple in dialogue, planning, and education focused on family economic self-sufficiency and healthy relationships.
There were four challenges experienced during implementation: defining an integrated program model, identifying strong management, hiring staff with appropriate backgrounds, and maintaining a focus on couples. Program operators have continued to refine the program model as well as its management and operation. This program model has little precedent and is breaking new ground. Social service programs that typically serve individuals often do not address or substantively acknowledge a partners' role.
Report Title: Initial Implementation of a Couples-Focused Employment Program http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/build_fam/reports/couples_focused/couples_focused.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Nancye Campbell, 202-401-5760
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9833 (Report completed October 15, 2010)