Choosing and Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

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

Key Considerations

  • 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.

Training Materials

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Selecting an Evidence-Based Program

Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

Adapting Evidence-Based Programs

Replicating with Fidelity


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Last updated: November 01, 2016