The definition of "evidence-based" programs can vary; however, for teen pregnancy prevention, this term is reserved for programs that have been proven through rigorous evaluation to reduce teenage pregnancy, behavioral risks underlying teenage pregnancy, or other associated risk factors among teens age 19 and younger. The HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review currently includes more than 30 diverse programs. Evidence-based programs can be expected to produce positive results consistently. Find program-specific information at the Evidence-Based TPP Programs page.
- Evidence-based programs are not “one size fits all.” When selecting an evidence-based program, you should consider program approach, target population, setting, length, and desired outcomes.
- Select or adapt a program that is effective specifically for the outcomes you want to achieve, whether that’s preventing teen pregnancies and births or the risk factors associated with them.
- When implementing evidence-based programs, organizations should strive for and monitor program fidelity and quality to ensure success.
- For a brief overview of the evidence-based programs that are implementation ready, please check out our Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs at a Glance tool.
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Selecting an Evidence-Based Program
- 10 Steps to Promoting Science-Based Approaches (PSBA) to Teen Pregnancy Prevention using Getting To Outcomes (GTO) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); April, 2008
- How to Select an Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program E-Learning Module (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)
- How to Select an Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that Works for You (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); February, 2015; Slides, Audio, Transcript
- Evidence-Based Practice 101 (HHS, ACF, Family and Youth Services Bureau); April, 2013
- Selecting TPP programs for Native American Youth (HHS, Administration for Children and Families); June, 2012; Audio, Transcript
Implementing Evidence-Based Programs
- Implementing Evidence-Based Programs (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); June, 2013; Transcript
- Core Intervention Components: Identifying and Operationalizing What Makes Programs Work> (HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation); February, 2013
- The Importance of Quality Implementation for Research, Practice, and Policy (HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation); February, 2013
- Key Implementation Considerations for Executing Evidence-Based Programs: Project Overview (HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation); February, 2013
Adapting Evidence-Based Programs
- Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Adaptations for Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); October, 2015
- How Much Change is Too Much Change? Preserving Fidelity While Making Informed Adaptations (HHS, Family and Youth Services Bureau); March, 2013; Slides, Transcript
Replicating with Fidelity
- Maintaining and Monitoring Fidelity in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); October, 2015
- Working with Subgrantees to Monitor Fidelity (HHS, Children's Bureau)
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