Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Multi-Component Evaluation, 2011-2017

Project Overview

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 programs. The goals of the PREP Evaluation are to document how programs funded through the State PREP program are implemented in the field and to assess selected PREP-funded programs’ effectiveness. The study, being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, will (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.

More information on the PREP Evaluation is available here.

The points of contact are Clare DiSalvo (Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation) and Dirk Butler (Family and Youth Services Bureau).

  • How States are Implementing Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Through the Personal Responsibility Education Program

    Published: April 14, 2014

    The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) was authorized by Congress in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act.  The program, which is overseen by the Family and Youth Services Bureau, is designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy.  The program must also address healthy transition to young adulthood by addressing adulthood preparation subjects that were mandated by Congress.  Most of the PREP funding...

  • The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Launching a Nationwide Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Effort

    Published: October 25, 2013

    Congress created the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in 2010 to help reduce teen pregnancies and their negative consequences.  State PREP programs are expected to be evidence-based, provide education on both abstinence and contraceptive use, and educate youth on at least three of six adulthood preparation topics. States are also encouraged to target their programming to high-risk populations, such as youth residing in geographic areas with high teen birth rates...

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