PREPARE/ENRICH: 10 Ways Couple Assessments can Improve any Relationship Education Program (10)

Assessment is a critical component of most professions but professionals working with couples or families  have often failed to take advantage of these assessments. Physicians typically run a variety of diagnostic tests before they make their final decision on treatment. Teachers use examinations to determine a students achievement level. Police Officers use radar to determine the speed a car is driving. Engineers use stress tests to determine whether a structure will be functional for the task.

Following on from last weeks post, the following are ten ways that couple assessment can increase the impact of any marriage or family education program:

10. Initial assessment serves as pre-test and post-test can be used to determine impact of program.

While the initial assessment is useful for a variety of reasons previously identified for the couple, it opens the opportunity to evaluate the impact of the program by doing a post-test assessment. This can be done with the same pre-assessment or it can be done with a smaller subset of scales. Typically, the post-test is done at the end of the program and is combined with a program evaluation. Ideally, there is also a 3-6 month follow up study to examine the long term impact of the program.

Another option is self-assessment. Couple checkup is one such tool that can be used by couples to examine the long-term impact of learnings from the PREPARE/ENRICH program, refer

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