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Parents and Children Together (PACT) Healthy Marriage (HM) Study Data Collection, New York and Texas, 2013-2016 (ICPSR 37843)

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Sheena M. McConnell, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; Robin Dion, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

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The Parents and Children Together (PACT) project included a large-scale, random assignment examination of two federally funded healthy marriage (HM) and relationship education programs. Two HM programs participated in the PACT HM impact study: (1) Supporting Healthy Relationships, at University Behavioral Associates in the Bronx, New York; and (2) the Healthy Opportunities for Marriage Enrichment Program, at the El Paso Center for Children in El Paso, Texas. The PACT evaluation team randomly assigned 1,595 eligible couples, dividing them between either (1) a program group, which was offered HM services, or (2) a control group, which was not offered these services. The data collection effort covered many topics, including relationship status and quality, coparenting, intimate partner violence, father involvement, employment and earnings, and social-emotional and mental well-being. The PACT data collection effort included attempts to collect data for each couple enrolled in the study from three data sources: (1) baseline surveys completed by all couples when they applied to a HM program in PACT, (2) follow-up surveys conducted with couples about one year after study enrollment, and (3) the PACT Information System (PACTIS), a web-based information management system. This data collection contains five parts: (1) the baseline survey raw data file, (2) the 12-month survey raw data file, (3) the program participation file, (4) the 12-month follow-up analysis file, and (5) the file containing analysis weights.

McConnell, Sheena M., and Dion, Robin. Parents and Children Together (PACT) Healthy Marriage (HM) Study Data Collection, New York and Texas, 2013-2016. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-09-28.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families (HHSP23320095642WC)


This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To obtain the restricted file, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a Restricted Data Use Agreement.

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2013 -- 2016
2013-07 -- 2015-04 (Baseline Survey), 2014-07 -- 2016-06 (12-Month Follow-up Survey)
  1. For more information, please see the PACT Evaluation page from the Administration for Children and Families website or the Mathematica PACT website.


The purpose of this study was to perform a program evaluation.

Couples were randomly assigned to the program being evaluated or to wait a year for its services.

To be eligible for the study both members of the couple had to be 18 years old or older, one had to be male and one female, and either the couple had to be expecting a child together or at least one member had to live with a biological or adopted child.

Longitudinal: Cohort / Event-based

Couples applying to two healthy marriage programs in New York, NY and El Paso, TX.


Variables include age, income, children, health, and parenting attitudes.

The 12-month follow up survey: 91 percent for women, 85 percent for men, and 94 percent for couples (at least one member)



2020-09-28 Codebooks updated with corrected hyperlinks.


Two non-response survey weight variables are included in dataset 5, Analysis Weights.