Romantic relationships in adolescence can shape experiences during and after that time period. Marriage and relationship education programs can help adolescents develop the knowledge and skills to form healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy ones – but research shows that how these programs are designed makes a big difference in their effectiveness.

Since the early 2000s, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has led a sustained effort to provide healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs and to expand the available evidence on them, in large part through its Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) program.

Learn more about the STREAMS project and view findings from its most recent evaluation of a range of local HMRE programs at the link below. The findings may be helpful to anyone designing, facilitating, or enrolling in a relationship education program.