Personal Responsibility Education Program Launches Evaluation of What Works in Pregnancy Prevention

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is one of multiple efforts at the Federal level to reduce teen pregnancy through the use of evidence-based practices.

Among the programs authorized under Section 2953, PREP provides funding to States (which is expected to most often be distributed to sub-awardees) for the replication of evidence-based effective programs or substantial incorporation of elements of effective programs that have been proven on the basis of rigorous scientific research to change behavior. Behavior change includes delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth or reducing pregnancy among youth.

The goal of the PREP Multi-Component Evaluation is to document how PREP-funded programs are operationalized in the field and to assess the effectiveness of selected PREP-funded programs. The evaluation – which will be a seven-year effort – will make a significant contribution to the teen pregnancy prevention evidence base. It will include three primary components, each of which is named a “study”: 1) Design and Implementation Study (DIS) 2) Performance Analysis Study (PAS) and an Impact and Implementation Study (IIS).

Preliminary descriptive findings are expected in 2013 and preliminary impact findings are expected in 2016. The evaluation is being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.