Managing a Statewide Healthy Marriage Initiative: Tips from My Experience as a State Policymaker.

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Page Count
4
Year Published
2009
Author (Individual)
Hendrick, Howard.
Author (Organization)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center.
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
This brief offers recommendations from an Oklahoma State policymaker on managing a statewide Healthy Marriage Initiative. Information is provided on the development of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI), the goals of the program, and the strategies used. Recommendations include: deliver evidence-based or research informed services; be prepared to change based on emerging research; include potential constructive skeptics from the beginning; temper your zeal for high productivity by acknowledging the realities of today's complex families; make a realistic assessment about the resources, opportunities, and expertise available and build on your strengths; understand that programs that promote marital stability and child well-being avoid political imbalance; engage an outside party to provide daily management of programs and services; and set realistic expectations and be modest about claiming success.

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