Initial Implementation of a Couples-Focused Employment Program

The Building Strong Families Project
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 30, 2010
Authors
Heather Zaveri and Alan Hershey
This study evaluates the initial implementation of the Couples Employment (CE) project in Baltimore, Maryland, a voluntary intervention to simultaneously address employment, financial literacy, and relationship issues, to capitalize on the ways that success in each might affect the other. Initial experiences highlighted the importance of defining a program model integrating family stability and economic success; identifying a strong program director; achieving an appropriate staff mix; and maintaining a focus on couples.