Strategies for Building Healthy Relationship Skills Among Couples Affected by Incarceration. Endnotes


[1]  Originally, 14 grants were awarded. One site relinquished its funding after the first year and one did not receive continuation funding.

[2]  Similarly, because parenting-focused programming and domestic violence programming are covered in other briefs (see McKay et al., 2010; McKay, Bir, Lindquist, & Siegel, forthcoming), these program components are not addressed in the current brief.

National Evaluation of MFS-IP Programs
Funded by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the National Evaluation of Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners is focused on exploring the effectiveness of relationship and family-strengthening programming in correctional settings.
Implementation Study:  Yearly implementation interviews were conducted with each grantee through fall 2010.  The implementation evaluation has documented program context, program design, target population and participants served, and key challenges and strategies.
Impact Study:  Survey data collection with incarcerated men and their partners is currently under way in 5 impact sites selected from among the 12 grantees.  Beginning in December 2008, couples participating in MFS-IP programming and a set of similar couples not participating in programming were enrolled in the national impact study and completed the first of four longitudinal surveys designed to collect information about relationship quality, family stability, and reentry outcomes.  Baseline data collection is complete, with follow-up data collection expected to continue through approximately April 2014.
This brief and other publications related to the MFS-IP evaluation are available from the HHS ASPE website:  A program overview and evaluation summary, as well as links to publications of interest and other web resources, may be found at the national evaluation website:
For additional information about the MFS-IP evaluation, contact Anupa Bir:  (781) 434-1708,; Christine Lindquist: (919) 485-5706,; or Tasseli McKay:  (919) 485-5747,


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