During the second generation of Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) programming (roughly 2016-2020), the Promising Youth Programs (PYP) project is supporting grantee-led evaluations and developing curricula for underserved youth populations.
The first component of the project is providing training and technical assistance to grantee-led evaluations, called “local evaluations,” of second-generation cohorts of Tribal PREP and PREP Innovative Strategies (PREIS)grantees. This assistance is provided by staff called Rigorous Evaluation Technical Assistants (RETAs). During the first few months after award of grants, RETAs supported grant awardees to submit refined evaluation plans which met standards for rigor. After full evaluation plans are approved, RETAs support evaluations through group training and one-on-one evaluation-focused technical assistance. Toward the end of each grant, RETAs will assist grantees with developing strong analysis plans, as well as reporting and disseminating final results.
For the second component, PYP will oversee a process to develop new, or revise existing, curricula to address the abstinence and contraceptive education and other sexual health (and other PREP-related) needs of targeted youth populations. The project will use existing data to strategically identify target populations for new/revised curricula, and will collect data — including qualitative interviews from members of the targeted populations — in order to determine appropriate approaches for the targeted populations, based on key theories of change. PYP will then engage curriculum developer(s) in developing new/revised curricula that incorporate the new approaches. Afterwards, PYP will identify organizations to implement the new/revised curricula, and will collect implementation-related data to determine successes/challenges. Pending results, FYSB will package the curricula for dissemination.
A contract was awarded to Mathematica Policy Research to conduct this project.
Point(s) of contact: Selma Caal and Kathleen McCoy.