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  • Individual Author: Wood, Robert G.; Goesling, Brian; Paulsell, Diane
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2018

    The federal government has had a long-standing commitment to supporting healthy relationships and stable families. In the mid-1990s, Congress created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which had the formation and maintenance of two-parent families as one of its core purposes. TANF provided states with the funding and flexibility to support activities to promote healthy marriage. Beginning in the mid-2000s, the federal government began providing additional funding specifically to support healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) services. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees these funds and distributes them through a set of competitive multi-year grants to organizations nationwide. OFA made the most recent round of HMRE grant awards in September 2015. These grants support HMRE services for a mix of populations, including youth in high school, individual adults, and adult couples. (Author abstract) 

    The federal government has had a long-standing commitment to supporting healthy relationships and stable families. In the mid-1990s, Congress created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which had the formation and maintenance of two-parent families as one of its core purposes. TANF provided states with the funding and flexibility to support activities to promote healthy marriage. Beginning in the mid-2000s, the federal government began providing additional funding specifically to support healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) services. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees these funds and distributes them through a set of competitive multi-year grants to organizations nationwide. OFA made the most recent round of HMRE grant awards in September 2015. These grants support HMRE services for a mix of populations, including youth in high school, individual adults, and adult couples. (Author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: Murphy, Lauren; Zief, Susan; Hulsey, Lara
    Reference Type: Report, Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2018

    Introduction

    This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that reported at least half of the youth they served were adjudicated youth. PREP, which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors, is administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding is awarded to states and territories through formula grants (State PREP), and through a competitive process to tribes and tribal entities (Tribal PREP) and to direct service providers in states and territories that did not take State PREP funding (Competitive PREP).

    Purpose

    This brief is one in a series that will inform stakeholders and the public about the PREP program.

    Key Findings and Highlights

    Seventy-two programs across 24 states and territories reported primarily serving adjudicated youth. These...

    Introduction

    This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that reported at least half of the youth they served were adjudicated youth. PREP, which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors, is administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding is awarded to states and territories through formula grants (State PREP), and through a competitive process to tribes and tribal entities (Tribal PREP) and to direct service providers in states and territories that did not take State PREP funding (Competitive PREP).

    Purpose

    This brief is one in a series that will inform stakeholders and the public about the PREP program.

    Key Findings and Highlights

    Seventy-two programs across 24 states and territories reported primarily serving adjudicated youth. These programs served about 8,000 youth each year, largely through juvenile detention centers. Most youth in these programs reported being White or Black or African American, and most were ages 15 to 18. About three-quarters of youth reported being sexually active before entering the program. After PREP, more than one-third of the youth in these programs reported they were less likely to have sex in the next six months, and a large majority reported they were more likely to use condoms and birth control if they have sex.

    Methods

    PREP grantees submit performance measures data to ACF each year. These findings are based on performance measures data submitted by State PREP, Tribal PREP, and Competitive PREP grantees for the 2014–2015 reporting period. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Baumgartner, Scott; Zaveri, Heather
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2018

    Since the mid-2000s, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has supported grants to provide healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programming for youth and adults. More than half of grantees receiving HMRE funding since 2011 have offered relationship education to youth. The current grantee cohort, awarded in 2015, includes 47 HMRE programs, 32 of which serve youth in high school and/or community-based settings. To date, ACF has funded three rigorous multisite evaluations involving HMRE grantees, but none have focused on programs for youth. In 2015, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within ACF contracted with Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Public Strategies, to conduct the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation. The STREAMS evaluation includes random assignment impact studies and process studies of five HMRE programs funded by OFA in 2015. The evaluations focus on understudied populations...

    Since the mid-2000s, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has supported grants to provide healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programming for youth and adults. More than half of grantees receiving HMRE funding since 2011 have offered relationship education to youth. The current grantee cohort, awarded in 2015, includes 47 HMRE programs, 32 of which serve youth in high school and/or community-based settings. To date, ACF has funded three rigorous multisite evaluations involving HMRE grantees, but none have focused on programs for youth. In 2015, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within ACF contracted with Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Public Strategies, to conduct the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation. The STREAMS evaluation includes random assignment impact studies and process studies of five HMRE programs funded by OFA in 2015. The evaluations focus on understudied populations and program approaches not covered in OPRE’s prior federal evaluations, including relationship education programs for youth.

    This process study report presents findings on the implementation of the Relationship Smarts Plus 3.0 (RS+) curriculum in two high schools in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. More than Conquerors, Inc. (MTCI), a nonprofit social service provider with a long history of delivering HMRE programming with funding from OFA, led the implementation. RS+ is a widely-used relationship education curriculum for youth from 13 to 18 years old. The full curriculum includes 12 lessons designed to help youth better understand themselves, plan for the future, learn the characteristics of healthy relationships, and develop skills to form and maintain healthy relationships. MTCI is implementing two versions of the curriculum: the full 12-lesson curriculum and an 8-lesson summary version. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Goesling, Brian; Alamillo, Julia
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2018

    This brief provides five practical tips for healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) practitioners interested in teaching HMRE in high schools. The tips are primarily for HMRE practitioners developing a school-based program for the first time, but they also have use for practitioners looking to improve or expand an existing school-based program. The tips help address a current need for research and information on HMRE programs for youth (Scott et al. 2017). From 2011 to 2015, about half the participants served by HMRE grants from the Office of Family Assistance were under age 18 (Scott et al. 2017). However, most research on HMRE programming focuses on adult couples in existing, committed relationships (Hawkins 2017). The tips draw on data from multiple sources. The main source is a relationship survey conducted with primarily 9th grade students in two Atlanta-area high schools. The survey is part of the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Public Strategies, for the U.S...

    This brief provides five practical tips for healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) practitioners interested in teaching HMRE in high schools. The tips are primarily for HMRE practitioners developing a school-based program for the first time, but they also have use for practitioners looking to improve or expand an existing school-based program. The tips help address a current need for research and information on HMRE programs for youth (Scott et al. 2017). From 2011 to 2015, about half the participants served by HMRE grants from the Office of Family Assistance were under age 18 (Scott et al. 2017). However, most research on HMRE programming focuses on adult couples in existing, committed relationships (Hawkins 2017). The tips draw on data from multiple sources. The main source is a relationship survey conducted with primarily 9th grade students in two Atlanta-area high schools. The survey is part of the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Public Strategies, for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The STREAMS evaluation focuses on HMRE programs funded by the Office of Family Assistance within the Administration for Children and Families at DHHS. A more detailed description of the evaluation and survey respondents appears at the end of the brief. To make the tips broadly relevant for students nationwide, the brief also draws on findings from relevant national surveys of adolescents and adults. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Illlangasekare, Samantha; Alamillo, Julia; Paulsell, Diane; Scott, Mindy
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    This video and its accompanying presenation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).While a large proportion of youth (i.e., participants ages 14 to 24) are served through federally funded healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programming, we have relatively little information about these programs and their effectiveness. To address this knowledge gap, OPRE and OFA are conducting several research projects focused on healthy marriage and relationship education for youth. This panel discussion highlighted three of those studies. Samantha Illangasekare (Administration for Children and Families) moderated the session.Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (author introduction)

    This video and its accompanying presenation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).While a large proportion of youth (i.e., participants ages 14 to 24) are served through federally funded healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programming, we have relatively little information about these programs and their effectiveness. To address this knowledge gap, OPRE and OFA are conducting several research projects focused on healthy marriage and relationship education for youth. This panel discussion highlighted three of those studies. Samantha Illangasekare (Administration for Children and Families) moderated the session.Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (author introduction)

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