The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families

OPRE Report 2012-11

124 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012

Abstract

The Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) evaluation was launched in 2003 to test the effectiveness of a skills-based relationship education program designed to help low-income married couples strengthen their relationships and, in turn, to support more stable and more nurturing home environments and more positive outcomes for parents and their children. The evaluation is led by MDRC, in collaboration with Abt Associates and other partners, and is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. The SHM program is a voluntary, yearlong, relationship and marriage education program for lowincome, married couples who have children or are expecting a child. The program provides group workshops based on structured curricula; supplemental activities to build on workshop themes; and family support services to address participation barriers, connect families with other services, and reinforce curricular themes. The study’s rigorous random assignment design compares outcomes for families who are offered SHM’s services with outcomes for a similar group of families who are not offered SHM’s services but can access other services. This report presents estimated impacts on the program’s targeted outcomes about one year after couples entered the study.

Suggested Citation

Hsueh, JoAnn and Principe Alderson, Desiree and Lundquist, Erika and Michalopoulos, Charles and Gubits, Daniel and Fein, David and Knox, Virginia, The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families. OPRE Report 2012-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030319 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2030319

JoAnn Hsueh (Contact Author)

MDRC ( email )

200 Vesey Street
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Desiree Principe Alderson

MDRC ( email )

200 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
United States

Erika Lundquist

MDRC ( email )

200 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
United States

Charles Michalopoulos

MDRC - Welfare Reform ( email )

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Daniel Gubits

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

David Fein

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Virginia Knox

MDRC ( email )

200 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
United States

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