We assist public agencies to improve the quality of services for our most vulnerable children, youth, and families. Examples of our work are reflected in the following publications.
Marriage and relationship education
State Policies to Promote Marriage
This report inventories state policies directly focused on promoting or supporting marriage. Using secondary data sources, the authors compiled information across states documenting the presence of marriage-related activities in a variety of areas such as campaigns and commissions; divorce laws and procedures; marriage and relationship preparation and education; tax and transfer policies; marriage support and promotion programs.
- State Policies to Promote Marriage, Karen N. Gardiner, Michael E. Fishman, Plamen Nikolov, Asaph Glosser, and Stephanie Laud. With the assistance of Theodora Ooms, September, 2002
State Experience and Perspectives
on Reducing Out-of-Wedlock Births
This report examines state efforts to reduce nonmarital births since the passage of PRWORA. In addition to synthesizing existing surveys of related state efforts, the study also includes findings from a series of detailed interviews with a sample of nine states.
Performance Measurement Development for Hawaii Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Positive Youth Development Programs
The Hawaii Department of Human services (DHS) currently uses the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant to fund a diverse set of positive youth development programs to prevent teenage pregnancy and other behaviors that can negatively affect a successful transition to adulthood. This project developed objective criteria for measuring the effectiveness of these programs.
Exploring Community Responses to Statutory Rape
This study, for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, DHHS, explored how organizations and providers at the community level address statutory rape. The project resulted in a report of state statutory rape laws and reporting requirements and a final report describing community responses to statutory rape in nine states.
Evaluation Planning Study for Five Domestic Violence/Child Maltreatment Demonstrations
In order to assist ASPE in planning an evaluation of domestic violence and child maltreatment demonstration projects in five communities, The Lewin Group prepared a synthesis of issues pertaining to the evaluation of community collaborations. In addition, Lewin worked with a senior consultant, who is an expert on domestic violence issues, to conduct the evaluation planning study.