PREP Programs Aim to Provide Pregnancy Prevention to 300,000 Young People, New Report Shows

The Administration for Children & Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau has released the first in a planned series of reports evaluating the adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts of the Personal Responsibility Education Program.

“The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Launching a Nationwide Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Effort” Report documents key decisions made by state grantees about the design of their programs to reduce teen pregnancy and STI rates.

The new report is part of a multicomponent evaluation being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research in coordination with FYSB and the ACF Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. The goals of this phase of the evaluation are to (1) describe how States have designed and implemented PREP programs, (2) collect and analyze performance measurement data, and (3) conduct random assignment impact evaluations and in-depth implementation evaluations of up to five specific PREP-funded sites.

Since Congress created PREP in 2010, State PREP programs are expected to be evidence-based, provide education on both abstinence and contraceptive use, and educate youth on “adulthood preparation” topics, such as healthy relationships and adolescent development. In the report, authors Susan Zief, Rachel Shapiro and Debra Strong note that together, the 45 State PREP grantees aim to serve more than 300,000 young people across the nation.

“Our State PREP grantees have rolled up their sleeves and gotten a lot accomplished since the start of their grants in 2011,” says Resa Matthew, Director of FYSB’s Division of Adolescent Development and Support, which administers the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program where PREP is housed. “Mathematica’s report gives our grantees credit for their hard work, and we look forward to future installments of the evaluation.”