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The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with Public Strategies, Inc. (PSI) to develop the NHMRC. PSI has brought together the expertise of The Lewin Group, Caliber/ICF International, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence to form the NHMRC team. The team works closely with OFA to provide support to ACF grantees and individuals and organizations that want to learn more about how to form, support, and promote healthy marriage. In 2008, the NHMRC partnered with two organizations to assist in the creation of the NHMRC's individuals and couples-focused Web site and it national media campaign on marriage.

Public Strategies, Inc. (PSI) is a nationally recognized project management firm. Since 1999, PSI has managed the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, a multi-million dollar, comprehensive, multi-sector program designed to strengthen marriage and support family formation. Founded in 1990 by Mary Myrick APR, PSI is widely recognized as a national leader in the healthy marriage field. PSI is widely recognized as a national leader in the healthy marriage field, PSI provides training and technical assistance to states, tribal territories and organizations, and two federal, multi-site healthy marriage demonstration programs: Building Strong Families and Supporting Healthy Marriages.

The Lewin Group
is a premier national health care and human services consulting firm with more than 35 years of experience providing objective analysis, technical assistance, and program evaluation to a wide variety of health and human services clients. Lewin has provided technical assistance to child welfare and child support healthy marriage grantees in the design, implementation, and evaluation of their programs. It has trained federal staff and grantees in logic model development and use, produced a self-instructional logic model guide, and created a facilitator guide for logic model trainings. Lewin is currently examining the adequacy of state systems for the collection of marriage and divorce-related statistics.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) was founded in 1993 as a key component in a national network of domestic violence resources designed to improve societal responses to domestic violence. Operated by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the NRCDV provides technical assistance and training to individuals, organizations, and communities; conducts research and analysis; and supports public education and prevention activities. It operates the Women of Color Network and a Web site that receives over 2,000 daily visitors ( The NRCDV has been ACF’s primary domestic violence technical assistance provider for healthy marriage grantees and has assisted over 50 sites in designing and implementing domestic violence protocols.

BarkleyREI is an interactive agency that specializes in the travel and tourism, higher education and nonprofit sectors, serving clients including Pennsylvania Tourism, U.S. National Park Service, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Ad Council, Carnegie Mellon University, and Vanderbilt University. It has offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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