Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Does the Presence of Marriage and Relationship Education Services in the Community Effect Family-Life Outcomes at the Community Level?


The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, part of the Administration for Children and Families conducted an evaluation impact study to assess the effects of marriage and relationship education services on key aspects of family life among adult community members.

The Community Healthy Marriage Initiatives evaluation found no consistent pattern of impacts on the family life outcomes examined among a representative sample of community adults. While no overall community level effects were found, a survey of participants found that a large majority (over 80 percent) reported that participation in a marriage/relationship education program improved their relationship with their spouse or partner, often a great deal (42 percent) and that the improvement to their relationship was ongoing (77 percent). In addition, 80 percent of participants reported that their relationships with their children improved.

Report Title: Evaluation of Community Healthy Marriage Initiatives (CHMI)
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Nancye Campbell, 202-401-5760
Performer: RTI
Record ID: 10132 (September 30, 2013)

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