The implementation study component of the Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI) evaluation documented operational lessons of community-based approaches to improve child support outcomes. Researchers examined the implementation of demonstrations in four locations that were designed to improve child support outcomes through community engagement and the provision of healthy relationship and marriage education. Each demonstration approach was unique to the context, culture and varied organizational relationships within each of the four locations but a common strategy was partnering with nonprofit and/or faith-based organizations already established in the target communities.
The number of participants served varied by site from just over 200 to 400 and there was considerable variation in the extent to which the state or local child support offices were directly involved. Across the four demonstrations, the percentage of participants with child support involvement, either as custodial or noncustodial parents, varied from 21 percent to 80 percent.
Report Title: Piloting A Community Healthy Marriage Initiative: Marion County, Indiana; Clark County, Ohio; Lakewood, Washington; Yakima, Washington,
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Nancye Campbell, 202-401-5760
Performer: RTI International
Record ID: 9912 (June 26, 2012)