Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Multi-Component Evaluation, 2011-2018

Project Overview

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.

The points of contact are Seth Chamberlain and Kathleen McCoy.

  • Focusing on the Boys: The Longer-Term Impacts of Wise Guys in Davenport, Iowa

    Published: October 24, 2019

    This report presents evidence on the longer-term impacts of the Wise Guys Male Responsibility Curriculum in middle schools in and near the city of Davenport, Iowa. Nationwide, boys report higher rates of sexual risk behaviors than girls do. Becoming a father as a teenager is associated with completing fewer years of schooling and being less likely to graduate from high school. Despite these risks, relatively little adolescent pregnancy prevention research or programming focuses specifically on boys. Recognizing the need for research on programs designed to support adolescent males, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded a rigorous evaluation of Wise Guys in Davenport middle schools. Trained staff from a local nonprofit social service provider, Bethany for Children & Families, delivered the program with federal grant funding to the Iowa Department of Public Health from the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

  • Enhancing a Home Visiting Program to Address Repeat Adolescent Pregnancy: The Longer-Term Impacts of Steps to Success

    Published: October 24, 2019

    This report presents evidence on the impacts of the Steps to Success home visiting program for adolescent mothers in San Angelo, Texas. Despite declines in adolescent pregnancy over the past three decades, many young women still have children before they turn 20 years old. Repeat pregnancies during adolescence can further compound the adverse outcomes associated with a teen birth. A small but growing body of evidence suggests that interventions for adolescent mothers can promote healthy birth spacing by providing a combination of individualized support services and improved access to effective contraception. To build on this promising research, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded a rigorous evaluation of Steps to Success in San Angelo, Texas.

  • Delivering Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services to High-Risk Youth: The Impacts of Teen Choice in New York

    Published: May 13, 2019

    This report presents evidence on the impacts of the Teen Choice curriculum for youth in alternative schools in and around New York City. Because alternative schools provide supplemental services to address the specific needs of youth...

  • The Cost of Implementing a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in High School Health Classes

    Published: April 23, 2019

    When policymakers and practitioners are considering a new program, cost is typically one of their key concerns. This brief provides information on the cost of implementing a teen pregnancy prevention program in school as part of a health class...

  • Evaluating a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in Rural Kentucky

    Published: November 15, 2018

    This brief summarizes findings from a random assignment impact study of an adapted version of the Reducing the Risk teen pregnancy prevention curriculum in rural Kentucky. Although rural counties have the highest teen birth rates in the United States, teen pregnancy prevention practitioners and researchers have developed and

  • Enhancing a Home Visiting Program to Address Repeat Adolescent Pregnancy: The Early Impacts of Steps to Success

    Published: August 6, 2018

    This report presents evidence on the early impacts of the Steps to Success home visiting program for adolescent mothers in San Angelo, Texas. Rapid repeat pregnancies can have adverse consequences for young mothers and their children and can compound the negative effects of adolescent childbearing. A small but growing body of evidence suggests that interventions for adolescent mothers can promote healthy birth spacing by providing a combination...

  • PREP Performance Indicators: Nationwide Implementation of PREP Programs

    Published: May 10, 2018

    This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors. PREP is administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding is awarded...

  • Inputs and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Adjudicated Youth - PREP Snapshot

    Published: May 10, 2018

    This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that reported at least half of the youth they served were adjudicated youth. PREP, which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors, is administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau...

  • Inputs and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Youth in Foster Care - PREP Snapshot

    Published: May 10, 2018

    This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that reported at least half of the youth they served were in foster care. PREP, which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors, is administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau...

  • Inputs and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Highly Vulnerable Youth - PREP Snapshot

    Published: May 10, 2018

    This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that primarily served highly vulnerable populations. Programs that “primarily served” a highly vulnerable population are defined as those that reported at least half of the youth they served were from one or more of the following populations: youth in foster care; youth in adjudication systems; homeless or runaway youth; pregnant or parenting youth; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth...  

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