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), includes a nationwide description of how recipients and sub-recipients implement SRAE programs and the outcomes for youth who participated in the programs. The NDS 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), comprises the implementation of innovative methods to assess the effectiveness of select SRAE program components. All program models are composed of components; components are essential, irreducible parts of programs. The CIS attempts to build the evidence-base on the effectiveness of program components.

The third project, Data and Evaluation Support, builds SRAE recipients’ and sub-recipients’ data capacity and supports local evaluations. Data capacity building includes a wide range of activities that strengthen these entities’ capacity to use data and research to improve programming and, ultimately, outcomes for youth. Local evaluation support comprises evaluation-focused technical assistance for SRAE recipients and sub-recipients that are conducting evaluations.

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

Point(s) of contact: Calonie Gray (OPRE) and Jessica Johnson (FYSB).

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 #0970-0530. Related materials are available on the SRAENE information collection page Visit disclaimer page on

The most currently approved documents are accessible by clicking on the ICR Ref. No. with the most recent conclusion date. To access the information collections (e.g. interviews, surveys, protocols), click on View Information Collection (IC) List. Click on View Supporting Statement and Other Documents to access other supplementary documents.