Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): Using Research to Guide the Development of an Evolving Statewide Initiative. Bibliography

Einhorn, L., T. Williams, S. Stanley, N. Wunderline, and H. Markman. PREP Inside and Out: Marriage education as an intervention for prisoner reintegration. Denver, CO: University of Denver, in press.

Fournier, David, and Kelly Roberts. Examination of Help Seeking For Couple Relationships in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma State University Human Development and Family Science, 2003.

Hershey, Alan A., Barbara Devaney, M. Robin Dion, and Sheena McConnell. Building Strong Families: Guidelines for Developing Programs. Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2004.

Johnson, Christine, Scott Stanley, Norval Glenn, Paul Amato, Steve Nock, Howard Markman, and M. Robin Dion. Marriage in Oklahoma: 2001 Baseline Statewide Survey on Marriage and Divorce. Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University Bureau for Social Research, 2002.

MDRC. Guidelines for Supporting Healthy Marriage Demonstration Programs. New York, NY: MDRC, 2005. [PDF - 14 pages]

Stanley, Scott, Paul R. Amato, Howard Markman, and Christine Johnson. 2006. Premarital Education, Marital Quality, and Marital Stability. Journal of Family Psychology 20: 117-126.


Evaluation Methodology for the OMI Process Study
Information reported in the OMI research brief series is based on analysis of data gathered during a multiyear study of the initiatives design, development, and implementation. Study methodology included semi-structured interviews with individuals and groups, direct observation of program operations, focus groups with staff and participants, and secondary analysis of data from existing reports and surveys. The research team met directly with 163 individuals involved with the OMI in various ways, focusing on implementation in the education, social services, corrections, health, and community volunteer sectors. Mathematicas research team is led by M. Robin Dion, and includes Alan M. Hershey, Debra A. Strong, Heather Zaveri, Sarah Avellar, Nikki Aikens, and Timothy Silman.


About This Research Brief
This ASPE Research Brief discusses the Oklahoma Marriage Initiatives use of research to guide the development and improvement of program services, assess progress, and disseminate information to the community about marriage. The brief draws on findings from an in-depth process evaluation conducted by researchers at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. under contract to ASPE. This brief was prepared by Heather Zaveri and Nikki Aikens.

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