Research indicates that children and their parents fare better on a range of outcomes when living in stable, low-conflict, two-parent families. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides grants to fund healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs to strengthen and improve the quality of relationships by offering a range of services from relationship education for high school students to marriage and relationship skills building for adult couples.
In order to identify and evaluate strategies for improving the delivery and effectiveness of HMRE programs, ACF is conducting the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) project. STREAMS is a large multi-site random assignment impact and process evaluation of HMRE programs serving adults and youth that is designed to answer multiple practice-relevant questions. STREAMS emphasizes program improvement and answering questions of particular policy relevance, with a focus on outcomes for specific adult and youth populations served by HMRE programs at several sites across the country. Each site examines distinct research questions, which include:
- What is the effect of offering relationship skills education as part of a regular high school curriculum?
- What is the effect of offering a shortened version of relationship skills education programming as part of a regular high school curriculum?
- What is the effect of offering young adults workshops that integrate economic stability services and relationship skills education?
- What is the effect of offering integrated relationship skills education and economic stability services to low-income couples who are raising children?
- What is the effect of offering relationship skills education and other support services to low-income pregnant women and new mothers?
- Can text messages informed by behavioral insight theory improve session attendance and workshop completion for couples?
Mathematica Policy Research was awarded the contract for this project, with a subcontract to Public Strategies
Points() of contact: Samantha Illangasekare and Kathleen McCoy.
This study has registered the following five impact evaluations on ClinicalTrials.gov:
- Testing the Effectiveness of Behavioral Text Messages to Promote Attendance at HMRE Sessions Visit disclaimer page
- Impact Evaluation of MotherWise Program Visit disclaimer page
- Testing the Effectiveness of the Full and Abridged Relationship Smarts Curriculum for 9th Grade Students Visit disclaimer page
- Testing the Effectiveness of Integrating Relationship Education Into an Existing Workforce Readiness Program Visit disclaimer page
- Testing Relationship Skills Education Services With a Robust Economic Security Component (TPC) Visit disclaimer page
Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under OMB #0970-0481. Related materials are available at the STREAMS Information Collection page on RegInfo.gov Visit disclaimer page .
The most currently approved documents are accessible by clicking on the ICR Ref. No. with the most recent conclusion date. To access the information collections (E.g. interviews, surveys, protocols), click on View Information Collection (IC) List. Click on View Supporting Statement and Other Documents to access other supplementary documents.
Information collections related to this project have also been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under ACF’s Generic Clearances. Related materials are available at the following pages on RegInfo.gov:
Pre-testing of Evaluation Data Collection Activities (OMB #0970-0355)
- Pre-testing Request for Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Visit disclaimer page
Formative Data Collections for ACF Research (OMB #0970-0356)