The Building Strong Families project tested whether well-designed interventions help interested couples have stable, healthy relationships, enhance child well-being, increase fathers’ involvement with their children, and lead to more healthy and sustained relationships among unmarried parents.
Robert G. Wood Discusses Building Strong Families on GovInnovator Blog
GovInnovator blog features senior fellow Robert G. Wood discussing findings and insights from Mathematica's evaluation of the Building Strong Families program. Mathematica's evaluation used a rigorous, random assignment research design to test not only whether the overall program worked (averaging across its eight sites), but also to investigate which sites were more effective than others — results that provide clues about which approaches to BSF were most effective. Listen now.
Building Strong Families: Strengthening Unmarried Parents' Relationships
The Effects of Building Strong Families: A Healthy Marriage and Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents
This article examines the impacts of Building Strong Families, a healthy marriage and relationship skills education program serving unmarried parents who were expecting or had recently had a baby. Results varied across sites, with one site having a pattern of positive effects (but no effect on marriage)...
Strengthening Unmarried Parents' Relationships: The Early Impacts of Building Strong Families
This report provides impacts of BSF on couples about 15 months after they applied for the program. Early impacts show that, when results are averaged across the eight individual programs included in the evaluation, BSF did not achieve its primary objective of improving the stability and quality of the...