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  • Individual Author: Bir, Anupa; Greene, Jody; Pilkauskas, Natasha; Root, Elisabeth; Lerman, Robert; Castaneda, Rosa Maria; Holcomb, Pamela
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2005

    The Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI) is a key component of the demonstration strategy of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to determine how public policies can best support healthy marriages. Two concepts underlie the CHMI strategy. One is that community coalitions can be an effective vehicle for developing a range of healthy marriage and healthy family activities, including classes that build relationship skills, partnerships with clergy and others, celebration days, and media messages about the value of marriage and healthy families. The second is that communities with a critical mass of such activities can exert positive family impacts on individuals and couples directly through their participation in classes and other services and indirectly through their interactions with friends, family, and others in the community who were themselves influenced by a local marriage-related activity sponsored by the local coalition. The goals of the 1115 healthy marriage initiatives are to achieve child support objectives through healthy marriage activities....

    The Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI) is a key component of the demonstration strategy of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to determine how public policies can best support healthy marriages. Two concepts underlie the CHMI strategy. One is that community coalitions can be an effective vehicle for developing a range of healthy marriage and healthy family activities, including classes that build relationship skills, partnerships with clergy and others, celebration days, and media messages about the value of marriage and healthy families. The second is that communities with a critical mass of such activities can exert positive family impacts on individuals and couples directly through their participation in classes and other services and indirectly through their interactions with friends, family, and others in the community who were themselves influenced by a local marriage-related activity sponsored by the local coalition. The goals of the 1115 healthy marriage initiatives are to achieve child support objectives through healthy marriage activities.

    This report focuses on the role of community coalitions in supporting healthy marriage activities and presents a description and analysis of the early implementation of the section 1115 child support waiver demonstration in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a city of nearly 190,000 people. This report provides evidence that a local community coalition can leverage sufficient resources to stimulate a substantial amount of marriage-related and family relationship activities at a modest cost. This report does not address the question of impacts on marriage or child support outcomes of participants or others in the community. Healthy Marriages Healthy Relationships’ initial operations should be viewed as a pilot of community approaches to healthy marriage that, given time and available funding, could develop into a full-scale community healthy marriage initiative.

    Healthy Marriages Healthy Relationships (HMHR) is a community-based initiative that delivers relationship skills-building services intended to encourage healthy relationships between parents, and between parents and their children, and to further the objectives of child support enforcement by increasing the financial well-being of children in a low-income, urban area of Grand Rapids. The HMHR Project in Grand Rapids was awarded a Child Support Enforcement Demonstration Section 1115 waiver in June 2003 and began operations in October 2003. To examine how HMHR became operational, how it formed and maintained community coalitions, and how it began operations, RTI/Urban Institute staff collected information from several sources, including a site visit in December 2004, monthly project status update calls, a focus group with recent recipients of local marriage- and parenting-education services, and data on individuals participating in HMHR classes (drawn from HMHR’s Management Information System [MIS]). Because HMHR is still at a relatively early stage of operation, and some of the report’s material is based on operations as of December 2004, readers should view this report as providing a snapshot of the constantly evolving and developing community initiative. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Scott, Mindy E.; Moore, Kristin A.; Fish, Heather; Benedetti, Artemis; Erikson, Sage
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2015

    The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Models and Measures project developed recommended measures for assessing the outcomes of healthy marriage and relationship education programs. The products focus on two key target populations: parents in complex families and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. For each of these populations, we developed:

    1.  A dynamic measures spreadsheet that summarizes the items and measures recommended for assessing a range of targeted outcomes that may be used in evaluations of programs that serve the population.

    2.  A companion “tip sheet” with advice on collecting data from the population. (author abstract)

    This resource is the recommended measures spreadsheet for the adolescent population.

    The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Models and Measures project developed recommended measures for assessing the outcomes of healthy marriage and relationship education programs. The products focus on two key target populations: parents in complex families and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. For each of these populations, we developed:

    1.  A dynamic measures spreadsheet that summarizes the items and measures recommended for assessing a range of targeted outcomes that may be used in evaluations of programs that serve the population.

    2.  A companion “tip sheet” with advice on collecting data from the population. (author abstract)

    This resource is the recommended measures spreadsheet for the adolescent population.

  • Individual Author: National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    This tool provides information on free and low-cost healthy marriage and relationship education curricula that are research-based and suitable for integration into safety-net service delivery systems. For the purposes of this review, "low-cost" is defined as costing less than $300.00 for facilitator materials and up to 20 participants. (author abstract) 

    This tool provides information on free and low-cost healthy marriage and relationship education curricula that are research-based and suitable for integration into safety-net service delivery systems. For the purposes of this review, "low-cost" is defined as costing less than $300.00 for facilitator materials and up to 20 participants. (author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: Scott, Mindy E.; Karberg, Elizabeth
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2015

    This fact sheet provides descriptive characteristics of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs serving youth, characteristics of those served, and the most commonly used curricula, program goals, and expected outcomes. (author abstract)

    This fact sheet provides descriptive characteristics of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs serving youth, characteristics of those served, and the most commonly used curricula, program goals, and expected outcomes. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Rosinsky, Kristina L.; Scott, Mindy E.
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2015

    The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Models and Measures project developed recommended measures for assessing the outcomes of healthy marriage and relationship education programs. The products focus on two key target populations: parents in complex families and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. For each of these populations, we developed:

    1. A dynamic measures spreadsheet that summarizes the items and measures recommended for assessing a range of targeted outcomes that may be used in evaluations of programs that serve the population.

    2. A companion “tip sheet” with advice on collecting data from the population. (author abstract)

    This resource is the tip sheet for adolescent populations.

    The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Models and Measures project developed recommended measures for assessing the outcomes of healthy marriage and relationship education programs. The products focus on two key target populations: parents in complex families and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. For each of these populations, we developed:

    1. A dynamic measures spreadsheet that summarizes the items and measures recommended for assessing a range of targeted outcomes that may be used in evaluations of programs that serve the population.

    2. A companion “tip sheet” with advice on collecting data from the population. (author abstract)

    This resource is the tip sheet for adolescent populations.

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