09 Jan
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Designing a Marriage Education Demonstration and Evaluation for Low-Income Married Couples

In recent decades, there has been a widening gap between higher rates of marital instability for economically disadvantaged couples and lower rates for nondisadvantaged couples. In addition, out-of-wedlock birth rates have risen, while evidence has grown that children fare better, on average, when raised by both of their parents in stable low-conflict households. All of […]

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09 Jan
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Piloting a Community Approach to Healthy Marriage Initiatives in Three Sites : Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, and Jacksonville, Florida

This report documents the results of implementation research in three of the Office of Child Support Enforcement Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI) pioneer sites: Boston, Massachusetts, Jacksonville, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois. It focuses on the three initiatives? roles in supporting healthy marriage and child support activities and presents a description and analysis of the early […]

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09 Jan
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Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative : Further Progress Is Needed in Developing a Risk-Based Monitoring Approach to Help HHS Improve Program Oversight. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives

Strengthening marriages and relationships in low-income families has emerged as a national strategy for enhancing the well-being of children. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) appropriated $150 million in discretionary grants each year from 2006 through 2010 to implement the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. To provide insight into how these programs are […]

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09 Jan
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Promising practices for improving the capacity of faith- and community-based organizations

This report documents the range of services that intermediaries provide to their constituent organizations, and highlights those that constitute promising practices. The report defines as promising practices those efforts undertaken by the intermediaries that show potential for producing successful outcomes–they improve the organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations, are broadly used and accepted (although […]

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09 Jan
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Capacity benchmarking tool for faith- and community-based organizations

The Compassion Capital Fund (CCF), administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), funds intermediary organizations’ capacity building assistance to faith- and community-based organizations. In support of these efforts, HHS commissioned Branch Associates, Inc., in partnership with Abt Associates, Inc., to conduct a study, examining the services […]

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09 Jan
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It’s not healthy if it’s not safe: Responding to Domestic Violence Issues within Healthy Marriage Programs

This paper explores the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from domestic violence protocol development at sites currently receiving federal funds for healthy marriage activities and with domestic violence advocates attempting to partner with these programs and others. By way of establishing a context for this analysis, we provide a brief discussion on domestic violence prevalence […]

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09 Jan
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State policies to promote marriage. Final report

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) funded this project to learn about the status of policies to support and promote marriage at the state level. We inventoried policies that were enacted and proposed both prior to PRWORA and after the law’s passage. The project did not examine specific programs operating in localities. Nor […]

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