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Seventeen Days

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organizationHealth clinic
Intervention Length: 
Fewer than 10 sessions
Age Group: 
Race / Ethnicity: 
Outcomes Affected: 
Recent sexual activitySexually transmitted infections or HIV
Study Rating: 

Program Summary

Seventeen Days (formerly called What Could You Do?) is a theory-based interactive DVD designed to educate young women about contraception and STDs. The DVD presents the viewer with different scenarios involving decision that young women face in relationships. Participants can practice what they would do in similar situations through the frequent use of "cognitive rehearsal."

Read the full Implementation Report, which includes:

  • Program Overview
  • Program Components
  • Implementation Requirements and Guidance
  • Implementation Readiness Assessment

Interview with the Program Developer

See the materials below to hear from the program developer.

Seventeen Days Webinar Slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Advice from the Field

OAH has compiled lessons learned and advice related to implementation and cost implications of Seventeen Days from TPP grantees. The information below is intended to provide useful tips and overall feedback that organizations should consider when choosing and implementing Seventeen Days.

Program Components

  • Visit the program space to ensure that there is adequate space to implement Seventeen Days. Ask the program facility’s coordinator about where the program can be implemented in the clinic. Some organizations allow participants to watch Seventeen Days in the waiting room. However, Seventeen Days is best administered in a private space, free of distractions where the participants can watch the videos.
  • Ask clinics how they want the viewing sessions to be structured. Some clinics may prefer that participants only watch videos before or after clinic visits; others may be OK with participants taking the tablets in with them so that they can watch it in between staff-patient interactions.
  • Consider designating a minimal amount of time required for each participant to spend watching the Seventeen Days video (e.g., participants must watch at least one character’s storyline). There are not specific program “sessions” and setting dosage expectations can help you monitor exposure to the program content.
  • Ask the clinic’s facility coordinator and IT technicians about the technology that will be available to you (e.g., unprotected Wi-Fi connection, access, DVD players). This ensures that you have sufficient time to plan to use alternative methods to implement Seventeen Days if necessary (e.g., using the mobile phone application or the DVD video). Consider using a form to collect this implementation data.
  • Test the clinic’s internet speeds and connections prior to implementing the program. Try streaming Seventeen Days video content to ensure that the network can withstand heavy video streaming.
  • Consider assigning participants a user login and password to stream the Seventeen Days video. This allows program facilitators to track participant activities and their use of the program.

Staffing and Professional Development

  • Hire staff who are comfortable using technology and have the ability to troubleshoot when program equipment goes awry.
  • Develop relationships with clinic staff to get them excited about Seventeen Days. Consider thinking about how the program implementation will fit into their work schedule.
  • Be sure to read the Seventeen Days’ user guide and receive relevant training.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Consider hosting a kickoff event that shows parts of Seventeen Days to generate interest and buy-in of key stakeholders, clinic staff, and community members.


  • Allocate resources to purchase tablets that are lost, stolen, or need to be replaced due to heavy, daily usage.
  • Make sure to budget for expenses related to purchasing portable Wi-Fi devices, including the monthly subscription fees needed for those devices.
  • Consider reading the Seventeen Days user’s guide when planning the budget. The user’s guide provides information about the materials needed for implementation that will help you identify program-related costs.

Read the research on the Seventeen Days program on ASPE's website.

Content created by the
Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on
Friday, January 6, 2017