Affairs Survey address!//Re Evaluation of Community Marriage Policies
cmfce at smartmarriages.com
Tue Mar 2 14:40:01 EST 1999
First, please forgive the truncating on emails that is happening! I might
shoot myself soon, but before that, here is the address to the Affairs
Survey on Vaughan's web site. http://www.vaughan-vaughan.com
Dear Tom Oldham,
The emails are all included in this - see them about midway down. Or,
you can find their phone numbers, etc on the CMFCE web site on the
Articles page - click on presenter's addresses and phones. Or,
go to the Directory to find McManus and a live link to his web site.
And/or call me - I can direct you to the info that would be most
applicable to where you are in the process. That's what this
"clearinghouse" is all about.
McManus will be holding a two day pre conf training for people who are
establish CMPs on Wed & Thurs. And Ooms and Sider will have a workshop
on evaluation of the Grand Rapids CMP.
>I am organizing a program on family breakdown and would like to talk about
>community marriage policies. Could you tell how I might contact the people
>you mention in this e-mail.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Smartmarriages© [SMTP:cmfce at smartmarriages.com]
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 10:18 AM
>> you wrote:
>> >Dear Diane
>> >I was interested to hear that Robert Rector is planning to
>> >evaluate the CMP's in USA. In the UK there is just one
>> >Community Family Policy underway, in Totnes (They are
>> >covering parenting education as well as commuinicationin
>> >marriage). I am working with some of the leaders there to
>> >try to consider how we might put into place some evaluation
>> >research that would cut the ice in the public debate in the
>> >The first need is, obviously, to do some kind of benchmark
>> >social survey, taking into account the divorce rate,
>> >domestic violence, youth crime, educational achievement,
>> >housing demand, economy, as well as sampling representative
>> >groups for marital stability and satisfaction. With this
>> >kind of survey in place, it will be easier to demonstrate
>> >changes in 5, 10 years time, accross a whole raft of
>> >There are several difficulties with this method of
>> >evaluation though; not least showing direct correspondence
>> >between the interventions established under the CFP and
>> >changes in indicators.
>> >Could you either give me a contact e-mail for Robert Rector
>> >or put me in touch with someone who has thought through the
>> >issues involved in evaluating this kind of programme? The
>> >need is fairly urgent, as we want to get a baseline before
>> >there is any substantial movement in the community due to
>> >the plan.
>> >Tom Beardshaw
>> >Care for the Family
>> This is impressive and much needed! And I agree with you that there is
>> urgency to establish the baseline - I believe
>> one of the strongest interventions is simply the message that
>> there is a way to turn the horses around and make
>> marriage more successful and satisfying. The message of hope
>> and of community support and determination is itself an intervention -
>> and I'm sure it generalizes to all your measures - violence, school
>> performance, health, substance abuse, depression, welfare, etc.
>> So you do need your baseline.
>> I'll forward this to Robert Rector and also to Mike McManus,
>> Theo Ooms, Fred DeYoung, and Roger Sider who are working to establish
>> baselines and outcome indicators for the Grand Rapids Michigan and
>> other Community Marriage Policies. In fact I'll add their
>> email addresses below and forward this to the whole list as there
>> are probably others on the list who will be interested and who
>> might help. - Diane Sollee
>> <mailto: "Robert Rector" rectorr at heritage.org>
>> <mailto: "Mike McManus " 74723.3507 at compuserve.com>
>> <mailto: "Theodora Ooms" tooms at idsonline.com>
>> <mailto: "Roger Sider" rjsider at iserv.net>
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