MAST Center Research

Our research is designed to understand marriage and romantic relationships in the U.S. and to improve programs that aim to strengthen these relationships. MAST Center research examines relationship patterns and trends and HMRE program implementation and evaluation.

  • Relationship Patterns & Trends – Population-based research and data to better understand trends, predictors, dynamics, and outcomes of marriage and relationships in the United States.
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation – Research that helps build knowledge about what works in HMRE programming, for whom, and in what context.
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Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships: Communicating Through Implementation Challenges (Webinar)

Published 2021

Webinar on researcher-practitioner communication through implementation challenges. Experts in HMRE evaluation provided tips and strategies to help ensure that evaluation methods and processes align with key elements of service delivery to inform practice and achieve evaluation goals.

An Introduction to Program Design and Implementation Characteristics of Federally Funded Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grantees

Published 2021

Characteristics of federally funded healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) grantees and their implementation strategies.

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Evaluation Research: A Detailed Synthesis

Published 2020

This poster summarizes findings from a comprehensive review of the evaluation literature on HMRE programs and identifies critical next steps for understanding the effectiveness of HMRE programs.

Relationship Quality and its Measurement Among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Review of the Literature

Published 2020

This poster by MAST Center partners from NCFMR at the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference presents an overview of the measurement trends and findings regarding relationship quality among adolescents and young adults.

Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships: What to Consider in the Early Days of Evaluation (Webinar)

Published 2020

Webinar on the early stage of evaluation and establishing effective research-practitioner partnerships. Experts in HMRE evaluation provided tips and strategies researchers can use at each stage of evaluation, including evaluation planning and management, identifying stakeholders, and determining evaluation questions and goals.

Outcomes and Outcome Domains Examined in HMRE Evaluation Studies

Published 2020

The types and prevalence of evaluation outcomes that focused on individuals, couples, families, and communities in over 100 evaluations of healthy marriage and relationship education programs.

An Overview of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Curricula

Published 2020

When designing and implementing a healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program, one of the most important decisions program providers need to make is which curriculum to implement. This brief reviews the design of 21 HMRE curricula implemented in formally evaluated programs. The brief is designed to help HMRE program providers and the evaluators that work with them better understand and assess various aspects of HMRE curricula.

Trends in Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States: Dating, Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce

Published 2020

Over the past several decades, patterns of union formation and dissolution in the United States have changed in notable ways. Patterns of dating, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce continue to change and evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike.

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