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Healthy Marriage 2020 Toolkit (FRAMEWorks)

Grant Announcement and Application from the Department of Health and Human Services OFA: Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education Works – Adults (FRAMEWorks) Due July 1. Application may be found here.

We are it now to prepare the toolkit that will help you write a strong proposal. Please let us know if you would like to review any of the following programs for inclusion in your grant. The grants can utilize Dibble curricula.

  • Love Notes is perfect for young single adults and parents (ages 18-24) because it builds comprehensive healthy relationship skills while helping them see their relationship life through the eyes of their child.
  • Mind Matters may be used by facilitators with couples and singles of all ages in groups or one-on-one settings to address trauma and increase resilience.
  • Money Habitudes helps young adults and young parents discover their unconscious habits and attitudes about money and serves as an important, non-technical addition to standard financial literacy programs.

Email Grants with your grant application questions.

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Curriculum Descriptions

Love Notes: Relationship Skills for Love, Life, and Work

Love Notes covers all four required topic areas and three optional ones from the grant application.

For a growing number of young adults (18-24), unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and troubled relationships derail personal goals. Love Notes 3.0 was created for this vulnerable audience, including young parents. In 12 hours, they discover—often for the first time—how to make wise choices about relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, partnering, and more. Version 3.0 includes brand new content important to today’s youth, including sexual consent, sexual assault, cyber bullying, online porn, sexting, drugs & alcohol – and their impact on relationships.

Rather than focusing on what to avoid, Love Notes builds positive skills and appeals to aspirations. It offers young people new conceptual frameworks, including the Success Sequence, to help them make informed decisions instead of sliding into unplanned choices that can derail their lives. The program is written with young single parents in mind.

Love Notes is listed as an Evidence Based Program with the Office of Population Affairs.

Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

(Mind Matters can help you address the 9th topic area from the grant application “Trauma and its effects on forming healthy relationships (as applicable)” in either group or individual settings.) To see how you teaching the program might look in a one-on-one setting, watch this Mind Matter’s Lesson on our YouTube Channel.

People experiencing trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, relationships and family settings.

Mind Matters’  lessons and activities teach people skills to respond to negative experiences with innovative methods based on  current research and neuroscience. These practices give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Participants learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs.

Mind Matters’ practical, hands-on lessons explore the effects of trauma along with the healing process. Each lesson includes activities that build resilience and increase hope.

Mind Matters addresses the following topics:

  • Self-Soothing and Regulating Emotions: Cultivate a mindfulness practice
  • Managing Stress Effectively: Learn to deal with intrusive thoughts
  • Developing Empathy: Improve interpersonal communications
  • Creating a Code of Honor: Develop a life of intention
  • Building and Using a Support System: Learn how to ask for help

The skills taught in Mind Matters are designed to be practiced over a lifetime. The curriculum is not meant to be therapy or to replace psychotherapy. Rather, it is intended to be facilitated by paraprofessionals to inspire, uplift, and set people on the journey of healing as they cultivate deeper resilience.

Money Habitudes® for Young Adults

(Money Habitudes can help you to address the 8th topic area from the grant application that focuses on financial literacy.)

For most people, spending behaviors reflect unconscious habits and attitudes that were acquired young and persist regardless of financial savvy or economic status. Money Habitudes® for Young Adults explores this phenomenon, and serves as an important, non-technical addition to standard financial literacy programs.

Understanding money is important for all young people. Even basic financial competence can improve their relationships as well as help them attain goals for lifestyle, education, career and family. But technical knowledge about money isn’t enough.

In real life, it is often hidden attitudes that dictate how people actually spend, save and think about money, regardless of financial skills or economic status. Money Habitudes® for Young Adults focus on exploring this “human side of money,” and is aimed at young single parents.

For applicants who wish to meet all nine criteria by implementing more than one Dibble curriculum in 12 hours, we can provide guidance for the following:

  • Love Notes – 8 hours
  • Mind Matters – 3 hours
  • Money Habitudes – 1 hour

Please email for details.

Grant Aids

Download detailed Lesson Correlations to FRAMEWorks Essential Components

Essential Components (First 4 are mandatory) Love Notes Mind Matters Money Habitudes
Communication skills (including expression, discussion, and negotiation skills).
Conflict resolution, management, and problem-solving skills
Knowledge of the benefits of marriage
Stress and anger management
Affection and Intimacy
Expression and discussion of negotiation skills
Financial literacy such as budgeting, financial planning, and management
Parenting Skills (as applicable)
Trauma and its effects on forming healthy relationships (as applicable)
Additional Curricula Criteria Love Notes Mind Matters Money Habitudes
Focuses on healthy marriage promotion, and skills-based marriage and relationship education;
Evidence Based
Is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the target population
Supports program goals and outcomes
Includes staff development and training components
Is age appropriate , particularly when serving fathers or mothers who are minors
Uses technical support provided by the developer (to help support implementation fidelity).

To assure the effectiveness and fidelity of our curriculum, we ask grantees to plan for the following:

  1. Annual curriculum/a training or refresher training
  2. Monthly technical assistance calls and webinars that focus on grantee needs like recruitment, retention, and Continuous Quality Improvement
  3. Working with Dibble on any adaptations
  4. Teaching 12 hours of core content (may consist of only Love Notes or a combo with Mind Matters and/or Money Habitudes.)
  5. Using our fidelity tools.

All Dibble programs are evidence-informed and many are also evidence based.

The following fidelity aids and checklists are included when you purchase the Love Notes or Relationship Smarts PLUS:

  • Annotated slide deck to focus the instructor on key content.
  • Observational fidelity tools for coaches and evaluators
  • Knowledge test
  • Inventory of related scales that can assess attitudinal and behavioral outcomes regarding sex, relationship quality, communication, conflict, control, violence as well as mediators.

Note: To maintain fidelity, your instructors must be professionally trained by a Dibble Master or Certified Trainer.

Allowable Adaptations

without Publisher Notification

In the real world, curricula occasionally need to be adapted to meet the needs of the young people being served or the setting where they are being used. Below you will find examples of adaptations that are permitted without consultation with Dibble.

Please feel free to discuss further adaptations you are considering with us by emailing

Allowable Adaptations for Love Notes

  • Activities that directly relate to content
    • Additional content may be added to the slide presentations deck from the complete Instructor’s Manual based on participant need and available time.
    • Include Love Notes activities for expecting and parenting teens.
  • Activities that do not relate to the content
    • Change the first names in the scenarios to reflect the participants’ culture and gender.
    • Add icebreakers or energizers at the start of each session or between modules if delivering during an extended period of time.
  • Program Delivery
    • Deliver lengthened sessions.
    • Increase the number and frequency of sessions.
    • Teach in-person or online.
    • Use exercises, share facts, or make reminders about key concepts as part of booster text or sessions.
    • Provide make-up sessions, including pre-recorded lessons.
    • May be used with young adults up to age 24.

Unallowable Adaptations

  • Delivery without using the Dibble provided PowerPoints and all participant materials, such as the workbooks and the Colors Personality Inventory.
  • Delivery by a facilitator who has not attended a Dibble certified training.

The author of Love Notes, Marline Pearson,  is a criminologist with a long background in teaching domestic violence prevention. She is experienced with the Duluth model of power and control as well as Steven Stosny’s Compassion Power abuse treatment and prevention. In the development of Love Notes she consulted with young adults who had been in abusive relationships who helped shape messages that would have helped them. In addition she has consulted closely with Anne Menard, a national leader in the field of domestic violence prevention, policy and advocacy, and with Michael Johnson, PhD., a leading IPV researcher.

Love Notes teach young adults how to recognize abuse — emotional, verbal and physical, to become aware of the risks, early warning signs, and steps to take. The program also offers ways to assess the “health and safety” of a relationship. It not only teaches youth what to avoid, but also strongly teaches them how to create relationships that are healthy and respectful. It has been evaluated at Auburn University as an intervention to reduce teen relationship abuse. Findings show a significant reduction in verbal aggression.

Take a look at these resources to give you background, practical strategies, and tips for developing your grant program.


Evaluatior List

In Alphabetical Order

Thank you for requesting a recommendation from Dibble for evaluators. Below is a list of evaluators known to The Dibble Institute for their high quality work. We recommend you contact them directly to learn about their approach, services, and costs.

Angie Turner Associates, Angie Turner, Ph.D.

Child Trends – Jennifer Manlove, Ph.D.

Educational Evaluators – Joseph Donnely, Ph.D.

Jean K Elder & Associates, Inc Jean K Elder, Ph.D.

Midwest Evaluation – Matthew Shepherd, Ph.D. matt.shepherd@midwestevaluation

Philliber Research Associates – Ash Philliber, Ph.D.

Research and Evaluation Associates, William Medendorp, PhD,

The Dibble Institute is pleased to consult with you as you write your grant and after it has been awarded strategies to sustain your activities over time. We have demonstrated over nine years of a federal grant, how to bring relationship education cost-effectively to large numbers of youth by using existing community systems.

We can also help you develop your sustainability plans by identifying alternative funding streams that support relationship education beyond your grant. For instance, Love Notes has been implemented using Rape Prevention Education funding. And, in some jurisdictions Love Notes and Mind Matters are funded for mental health prevention and early intervention.

Please email Kay Reed, Executive Director, at kayreed @ to set up a time to consult.

2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Healthy Marriage Adult Programs

Event Description
This webinar will discuss a range of issues organizations should consider as they design programs and prepare applications in response to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the 2020 Healthy Marriage Adults grant competition. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived on this webpage soon after the webinar.


2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Friday, June 5, 2020

Register now

Program Design Tools

To help people transition to online teaching, a group of Dibble clients from around the country shares and developed ideas and strategies for facilitating Dibble Programs across large and small, rural and urban communities. Their suggestions for online lesson-by-lesson implementation of our programs can be accessed by Dibble clients. There is no one way to conduct an online program. Every organization and community have different needs and circumstances. The toolkit resources simply give ideas and thoughts for online implementation needs.

Go to the toolkit >

Grant Planning

Please call 800-695-7975 for a training quote.

Staff development, training, and refresher training are required with this funding. It is essential to assure that your instructors deliver Dibble materials with fidelity while meeting the needs of the young people they serve. Our Master Trainers provide a highly interactive, in-depth experience for all Dibble programs.

Benefits of training your staff:

  • Enhance grant performance
  • Boost speed of grant implementation
  • Increase confidence and competence of instructors
  • Improve program fidelity

All training clients receive Technical Assistance as part of their training package. We offer two hours of complimentary consultation per organization that have held or attended a Dibble training.

COVID 19 NOTE: The Dibble Institute is planning to conduct all trainings for the remainder of 2020 in an online format or until California, where we are headquartered, allows for such gatherings and travel.

The quality of our trainings will remain high, based on our standards for excellence.

Trainings will take place under the oversight of Dr. Rachel Savasuk-Luxton, Director of Training and Research. A Dibble Master trainer will facilitate the training over five consecutive days (M-F) for 3.5 hours each day, the equivalent of a three day training. In addition, trainees in virtual sessions will be given pre-work and daily assignments to complete in order to enrich the training time.

Count on us to be on your team!

In support of the grant requirement that grantees “Use technical support provided by the developer (to help support implementation fidelity),” we are pleased to provide you with a team of experts to help assure the success of your funded program.

The Dibble Institute has successfully provided relationship skills education in a variety of venues with diverse populations for years. We have managed large federal grants and we have sat on federal grant review panels. We are happy to share our expertise so you can be successful as well!

Our staff will consult with you to develop effective:

  • Grant and program implementation approaches,
  • Partner and participant recruitment strategies,
  • Program adaptations,
  • Evaluation plans, and more.

We meet you where you are and deliver these services in a variety of ways – email, ZOOM, conference call, in person – whatever works best for you. You may want to join our small groups of client organizations working in similar settings for even greater synergy.

Our Technical Assistance Clients include:

  • Hundreds of federal, state, and local grantees
  • IFC International
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • Public Strategies, Inc.
  • Urban Institute
  • Cliexa

All training clients receive Technical Assistance as part of their training package. We offer two hours of complimentary consultation per organization that have held or attended a Dibble training. Additional consultation is offered on a either a retainer or hourly basis

Price List for LN, MM, MH2

Price List – June 1, 2020

Download the Fillable PDF of the Training and Materials Agreement

1 All facilitators and participants must have their own sets of materials with the exception of the MH cards, which are reusable.

2 Please note that Love Notes implementation also requires craft supplies that could total up to $200.

3 If your organization has a Dibble Certified Trainer, please call us to create a custom training plan.

The Dibble Institute is  pleased to sign an MOU with you as part of your grant application. To help us understand your plans, please send an email to  with the following information:

  • Your completed Training and Materials Agreement
  • What program(s) you plan to use
  • A brief overview of your project – setting, youth targeted, proposed timing of instruction (how many hours/days/weeks), number of youth reached, and instructional hours
  • Recruitment/retention plans to keep 90% engagement
  • Evaluation approach and research question(s), if including
  • How you plan to implement with fidelity and what adaptations, if any, you propose.