Child Trends led a project on Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Models and Measures, funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This project builds on prior model development and evaluations sponsored by OPRE and lessons learned from those studies. A key objective for this project is to recommend measures that can be used to assess a range of targeted outcome domains for healthy marriage and relationship education programs serving parents in complex families. For the purposes of this project, we define complex families as families where couples are in a committed relationship (married, cohabiting, or in a committed romantic relationship, even if they are not living together), they have at least one child together, and one or both parents have children from previous relationships. This excel spreadsheet summarizes the items and measures that we recommend for assessing a range of targeted outcome domains for healthy marriage and relationship education programs serving parents in complex families. These recommended items are appropriate for a diverse set of families, including married and unmarried couples and low-income couples. These recommendations were informed by a number of project activities, including a review of research and evaluation evidence, input from an expert work group and additional experts from the healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) field, the development of a logic model for HMRE programs, and results from cognitive interviews with parents in complex families. Some items were drawn directly from existing sources, some were adapted to be more appropriate for low-income parents in complex families, and some were newly developed for the purposes of this project. (Author abstract modified)
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Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education: Recommended Outcome Measures for Parents in Complex Families.