We use research to inform HRMET curriculum design and to document training impact.

Initial Needs Assessment

In the early development of the curriculum, a statewide survey was conducted in Missouri and North Carolina to understand the attitudes of child welfare professionals towards the role of relationship and marriage education in their work with vulnerable children and families. Learn more:

One-day Pilot Training Evaluation

From May 2011 through August 2013, 52 trainings were conducted with 1375 professionals across the five project states. Participants were surveyed prior to and following each training in order to document immediate (and sustained) changes in participants knowledge of the training content and confidence in utililizing the tools with clients. As well, follow-up surveys documented how participants applied the training tools in their work. Learn more:

Graduate Course Evaluation

A 14-week graduate course was developed based on the HRMET curriculum and offered at the University of Missouri by Dr. Dave Schramm. The course, "Couple and Marital Relationships in Child Welfare," was cross listed through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Department of Social Work and taught Fall 2010, 2011, and 2012. Learn more:


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