(October 2008) Community-based programs are strengthened when researchers and practitioners work together with shared goals at the grassroots level. This was the message of Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage Research and the Population Reference Bureau's seminar on Research and Practice Partnerships: Strengthening Marriages and Families, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., part of PRB's policy seminar series.

Speakers from academia and community-based programs in Michigan, Utah, and Alabama shared their experiences in building local initiatives based on academic research to support married couples and families. These programs have benefited thousands of couples about to be married, new parents, lower-income families, and couples going through divorce through classes and counseling services. Each speaker highlighted how successful partnerships between research and practice inform each other and build sustainable programs. The three presentations below focus on the process of building and strengthening these partnerships and bridging research to policy and practice.


Presentations: Webcasts With PowerPoints

Healthy Marriages and Healthy Relationships Initiative & Bowling Green State University
Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University
Carol VanderWal, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

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  • MP3 audio file

Utah Healthy Marriage Initiative & Brigham Young University
Alan Hawkins, Brigham Young University
Melanie Reese, Utah Commission on Marriage

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  • MP3 audio file

Alabama Healthy Marriage Initiative & Auburn University
Francesca Adler-Baeder, Auburn University

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  • MP3 audio file

Eric Zuehlke is an editor at the Population Reference Bureau.