Sexual Risk Avoidance Education National Evaluation, 2018 - 2023

Project Overview

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education National Evaluation, or SRAENE, is a five-year project designed to address congressionally mandated Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) research and evaluation objectives. It comprises three distinct projects.

The first project, the National Descriptive Study (NDS), will provide a nationwide description of how grantees and provider organizations implement SRAE programs, the outcomes for youth in these programs, and associations between program implementation and outcomes. It is intended to help ACF tell the story of SRAE, and point the way to promising program implementation approaches.

The second project, the Program Components Impacts Study (CIS), will implement innovative evaluation designs in order to assess the effectiveness of SRAE program components. All program models are composed of components; components are essential, irreducible parts of programs. This project will attempt to begin to build the evidence-base for the effectiveness of program components.

The third project, Data and Evaluation Support (DES), shall both build grantee data capacity and support local evaluations. Data capacity building is defined as a wide range of activities to build SRAE grantees’ capacity to use data and research to improve SRAE programming and, ultimately, outcomes for youth. Local evaluation support comprises evaluation-focused technical assistance to grantees and their evaluators, when they are conducting grantee-specific evaluations.

ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) jointly oversee this project. Mathematica Policy Research is the contractor.

The points of contact are Calonie Gray (OPRE) and Jessica Johnson (FYSB).