Program evaluation involves collecting and analyzing information to determine whether and how programs "work".  Evaluations sometimes focus on desired program outcomes, such as sexual activity and teen pregnancy (outcome evaluations), but they can also focus on program implementation, including fidelity and quality (process evaluations).  Not only do evaluations strengthen program quality, help identify training and TA needs, and improve program outcomes, they provide program leaders and decision makers with key information about program effectiveness.

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) supports several evaluation activities to continue to build the evidence base for what works to prevent teenage pregnancy. These evaluation activities include numerous rigorous program evaluations conducted by grantees as well as two large multi-site federal evaluations conducted under contract.

Key Considerations

  • Although systematic evaluation can sometimes seem costly, complicated, or time-consuming, it can also serve as a valuable tool for program leaders.
  • For Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs supported by the Office of Adolescent Health, evaluation is important for documenting replication efforts of evidence-based programs and for exploring the successes and challenges of innovative and emerging programs. TPP program directors and evaluators are encouraged to utilize evaluation technical assistance (TA) provided through their OAH contract when needed.
  • Evaluations can also contribute to sustainability by highlighting successes for stakeholders and funders and informing future program delivery.

Training Materials

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Evaluation Planning

Evaluation Design

Data Collection


For more information on Evaluation, please visit our For Grantees Evaluation page.


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Last updated: June 25, 2015