Implementation of Two Versions of Relationship Smarts Plus in Georgia
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Findings from this process study will provide context and help interpret impact evaluation findings. Key highlights include:
- MTCI developed strong systems for hiring, training, and supervising facilitators that emphasized fidelity. Systems included a facilitator hiring process that included a rigorous, multi-day preservice training program on RS+ and facilitation skills, organization-wide emphasis on curriculum adherence, frequent classroom observations, and regular facilitation practice and curriculum review.
- MTCI worked closely with the curriculum distributor to develop the 8-lesson summary version of RS+ and develop an implementation plan. The 8-lesson version excluded four lessons on communication and conflict and sexual decision-making. The curriculum developer created special materials and workbooks for the shortened version and led two staff trainings.
- MTCI facilitators implemented RS+ with fidelity, maintaining intended differences between the full and summary versions and the control group. Facilitators delivered the intended number of class sessions and total hours of instruction for both versions of RS+. In slightly more than 90 percent of class sessions, facilitators reported using all of the intended curriculum materials and following all of instructional guidance in the manual.