Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, through the US Department of Health and Human Services
About the Project
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) contracted IPP to serve as the external evaluators for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and the Title V Abstinence Education grant Program (AEGP). Missouri’s PREP and AEGP programs are part of a national initiative to reduce teenage pregnancy rates through the use of evidence-based programs. DHSS chose five evidence-based programs for replication in Missouri:
- Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)
- Making A Difference! (MAD)
- Making Proud Choices (MPC)
- Promoting Health Among Teens! (PHAT)
- Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
Implementation began in the spring of 2012. In the academic year 2015-2016, 15 contractors implemented 46 programs in high-risk teen pregnancy areas across Missouri.
IPP collects data from the program facilitators and participants to determine the extent to which program implementation follows the prescribed curriculum (fidelity), the resources and ability that each community has to address teen pregnancy, and the overarching effectiveness of the programs. IPP determines if programs are being delivered in the most effective way and work with DHSS to provide technical assistance to facilitators. Additionally, through the use of participant pre and post program surveys, IPP determines if the programs are achieving the desired outcomes of decreasing course failures and school suspensions, increasing high school graduation rates, increasing sexual health knowledge, and reducing teen pregnancy birth rates.
Kristi Ressel, MPH