Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

In recent years, researchers have identified dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs with demonstrated evidence of success in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. The federal government has invested millions of dollars to disseminate knowledge about these programs and to implement and evaluate them in communities around the country.

This project involves designing new evaluations of teen pregnancy and other risk prevention programs that build on a growing portfolio of research funded under the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program. This second generation of evaluation activities will address a more targeted set of research questions than the studies funded to date by identifying and testing:

  • Replications of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs that are commonly used but understudied
  • Significant or meaningful adaptations to existing evidence-based approaches
  • Selected core components, key activities, and implementation strategies

The project will also pilot several of the designed evaluations.