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September/October 2015Vol. 16, No. 7Evaluating Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs

Child Trends recently released a series of products to assist organizations with the evaluation of healthy marriage and relationship education programs. These products were developed as part of a project 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. The products focus on two target populations: parents in complex families and adolescents. A complex family is one in which the couple is in a committed relationship and have a child together and one or both parents have a child from a prior relationship. Child Trends developed two products for each population: a set of recommended measures to assess project outcomes and a tip sheet providing guidance on data collection.

These products are available from the OPRE website at