Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Multi-Component Evaluation, 2011-2022

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 in four specific PREP-funded sites.

More information on the PREP Evaluation is available HERE.

To Find Out More

Point(s) of contact: Caryn Blitz

You may also contact the evaluation contractor, Mathematica Policy Research:

Susan Zief, szief@mathematica-mpr.com

The impact studies are registered on ClinicalTrials.gov under the titles: Impact Evaluation of the Wise Guys Program Visit disclaimer page , Impact Evaluation of the Steps to Success Program, Visit disclaimer page Impact Evaluation of the Reducing the Risk Program Visit disclaimer page , and Impact Evaluation of the Teen Choice Program Visit disclaimer page .

Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under OMB #0970-0398. Related materials are available on at the PREP Information collection page on RegInfo.gov Visit disclaimer page .

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