The Building Strong Families Project: The Long-Term Effects of Building Strong Families: A Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents, Executive Summary

Publication Date: November 30, 2012


The Building Strong Families (BSF) evaluation assessed the impacts of eight programs offering a similar model of healthy marriage and relationship skills and support services to interested low-income unmarried parents around the time of the birth of a child.  The key question addressed through the BSF evaluation is whether the interventions improved the quality of unmarried parents’ relationships, increased the likelihood that they remained together, and improved the well-being of children. This executive summary provides an overview of the study and the final impact results from data collected 36 months after couples enrolled in the study.  A separate full report provides results on all primary outcomes targeted, and a separate technical supplement details the analytic approaches and includes additional analyses.

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