To prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents, FYSB supports state, Tribal and community efforts to teach abstinence and contraceptive education.
Background. ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau and the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) partner to support program evaluation efforts of the APP grantees. Since the start of the APP program, we have worked with grantees to integrate research into their programming, in order to learn, improve and advance the field of teen pregnancy prevention. This partnership manages several performance and evaluation projects which document how APP programs are implemented and who is served, assess program effectiveness, and foster program innovation. Additionally, these projects translate research findings to promote continuous improvement of APP programming on the ground, and to inform the public and other stakeholders about APP accomplishments. Training and technical assistance resources are also available to grantees to support the development and implementation of independent evaluations of their programs.
For more information on FYSB and OPRE projects go to APP Research Projects.
Research and evaluation resources:
Do you want to design an evaluation; or, do you need to identify someone who can design and conduct an evaluation for you? This page provides resources for organizations as they develop research plans to evaluate adolescent pregnancy prevention programs.
Through ongoing research, we are learning more about how APP programs are designed and implemented.
Through ongoing performance tracking, we are learning more about who is served by APP programs.
The APP program is constantly seeking ways to better serve youth.
By weaving rigorous evaluation into many APP-funded programs, we are continuing to learn about the impacts of our programming and to feed learning back to the field.
APP accomplishes its learning through a comprehensive portfolio of research projects.
APP has published and disseminated a number of research and evaluation reports, briefs, and fact sheets. These products are organized by the research projects and programs under which they were developed.
Through the State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), FYSB awards grants to state agencies to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception. With efforts toward preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, PREP targets young people who are:
PREP also supports pregnant youth and mothers under the age of 21.
The Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (Tribal PREP) promotes proven and culturally appropriate methods for reducing adolescent pregnancy, delaying sexual activity among youths and increasing abstinence and contraceptive education among sexually active youth in native communities. Programs follow design guidelines similar to those of State PREP, but are specially designed to honor tribal needs, traditions and cultures. Competitive grants are available to tribes to combat the disproportionately high rates of teen pregnancy and birth.
Through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants, FYSB awards grants to local organizations and entities to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception. With efforts toward preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, Competitive PREP targets young people who are:
Competitive PREP grants also support pregnant youth and mothers under the age of 21.
Through Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program (PREIS), FYSB supports research and demonstration projects that implement innovative strategies for preventing pregnancy among youths aged 10-19 years.
Successful projects focus on youth who are:
The purpose of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program is to fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. SRAE Programs also teach the benefits associated with:
Grantees use an evidenced based approach and/or effective strategies to educate youth on how to avoid risks that could lead to non-marital sexual activity. SRAE projects are implemented using a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework as part of risk avoidance strategies, to help participants build healthy life skills, develop individual protective factors that reduce risks, empower youth to make healthy decisions, and provide tools and resources to prevent, pregnancy and STI. Linking program participants to services provided by local community partners that support the safety and well-being of youth is also a key component to the program.