Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation

Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide


Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide is a resource for organizations that wish to learn more about the health and wellness concerns of the adolescent and young adult men (AYAM) utilizing their programs and services. To further facilitate the use of this guide, we have provided customizable Word documents of supporting documents…

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Another Chance: Preventing Additional Births to Teen Mothers


This report by Lorraine Klerman, DrPH, summarizes what is known about additional births to teen mothers, the dimensions of the problem, the factors that seem to increase the chances of such births occurring to teen mothers, their consequences, and the potential for prevention. The primary focus of the 49-page report is a critical review and…

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Are you SMART?


The first step for designing an evaluation plan is to get a comprehensive understanding of what the program is trying to achieve and with whom. SMART Objectives, as part of the program logic model, can tell us just this information. The program logic model not only lays out a plan or a map to developing…

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Assess


Assess What problem do you want to focus on? Before getting started, get to know the population you’d like to serve. If you already know them, document it with facts, figures, and data you collect. You can’t find a true solution if you aren’t addressing the real needs of the population and the circumstances that…

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BDI Logic Model for Working with Young Families Resource Kit


In response to a need voiced by professionals working with young families, Healthy Teen Network designed a Behavior-Determinant-Intervention (BDI) Logic Model for Working with Young Families in collaboration with various professionals in the field.

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Capacities


Capacities What capacities are needed to implement the program or best practices? With your short list of possible interventions, compare what these programs require in terms of resources, staff time, funds, etc., and what you organization has to offer. Anywhere you identify gaps, decide it makes sense to build those capacities to do that intervention.…

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Doing It Is Essential & Here’s Why…


Pssst! I gotta ask you something….come closer….a little closer. Okay, good. Do you do it? C’mon, be honest. Do you do it as much as you should? Do you do it every single time? I bet you are no different than everyone else. You say you’re going to do, you even block time in your…

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Engaging Community


Collaborating to Leverage Funding & Resources: A Strategic Plan to Reduce Teen Births in Baltimore City Healthy Teen Network partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and Center for Adolescent Health to develop a city-wide strategic plan to reduce teen births in Baltimore city. This collaboration generated…

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Evaluate


Evaluate Was the program successful in achieving the desired results? This is your chance to see if the program you implemented, met the desired goals you set forth. Now ask yourself, how well is the program working?  And what can I do to continuously improve it? Look for changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors…

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Evaluation on the Cheap


Conducting, managing, and reporting your evaluation efforts has become easier and more affordable thanks to many online tools available at low or no cost. Here is a list of useful online resources to help you manage your research resources, collect and analyze your data, and create beautiful diagrams to share your results with the world.…

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Evaluation Readiness Assessment Guide


Is Your Program Ready to Evaluate Its Effectiveness? A Guide to Program Assessment This guidebook was developed as an attempt to share the challenges we have encountered while evaluating programs participating in the National Urban Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (NUAPPP). Much of the material has been based on direct feedback from the NUAPPP participants.

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Evidence-Based Resource Center


The Healthy Teen Network Evidence-Based Resource Center provides you with a step-by-step guide to use evidence-based approaches to support your program and/or organizational outcomes. From planning to sustainability, you’ll find all the information to support your work. Enter the Evidence-Based Resource Center.

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Fit


Fit What modifications, or adaptations, should be made to fit the program or best practices with your needs? Reviewing for fit takes the few programs you selected when you looked into best practices (usually 2-4 interventions) and checks if they match the needs and values of participating youth and the surrounding community. Distinguishing a good…

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Frequently Asked Questions about Science-Based Approaches


In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health (CDC DRH) began funding a national project, Promoting Science-Based Approaches (PSBA) to promote science-based approaches in teen pregnancy, HIV, and STI prevention. The seven science-based approaches are examined in detail in this FAQ resource.

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Getting Better All the Time: The Importance of Investing in Research to Support Evidence, Innovation, and Young People


The long awaited results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are available, and the results are an affirmation of the importance of investing in the future of our nation’s young people. The results are encouraging—eight new programs were identified as evidence…

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Goals


Goals What are the goals, priority population, and desired outcomes? Think of your logic model as your road map, identifying and linking the pathways between your goals and program activities. The BDI (Behavior-Determinant-Intervention) logic model is commonly used in the adolescent sexual and reproductive health field to link activities with goals. (See also: Framework) BDI…

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GTO Toolbox


What’s In Your Toolbox?A Collaborative Learning Series on Getting to Outcomes® (GTO) Originally designed for CDC Department of Reproductive Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention project partners, this 5-part webinar series provides an introduction to the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) process and the tools provide by the CDC to ensure that this framework is user-friendly and promotes…

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GTO Toolbox Webinar #1: GTO Step 1 and Step 2


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 1 and 2 cover assessment, goal setting, objectives, and logic models. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #2: GTO Step 3 and Step 4


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 3 and 4 cover reviewing best practices and evidence-based programs, as well as selecting for fit for the priority population. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #3: GTO Step 5 and Step 6


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 5 and 6 cover assessing organizational capacities and planning for implementation. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #4: GTO Step 7 and Step 8


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 7 and 8 address process and outcome evaluation, including fidelity monitoring. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #5: GTO Step 9


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Step 9 addresses continuous quality improvement (CQI). Download the slides (below), and view the Webinar Recording and Prezi slides.  

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Guide for Technical Assistance Providers Working with Promoting Science-Based Approaches in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using Getting to Outcomes


We developed a comprehensive guide that will bolster your knowledge and sharpen your skills providing technical assistance and collaborating with program staff on Promoting Science-Based Approaches in Teen Pregnancy Prevention using Getting To Outcomes® (PSBA-GTO®). The guide includes common issues TAPs experience, suggested solutions, resources, and tools so that you can effectively guide implementation partners…

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HECAT Module 1: What Is the HECAT, and How Can It Help Me?


Access the first of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 2: Building Blocks of the HECAT: The Characteristics of Effective Curricula


Access the second of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 3: Building Blocks of the HECAT: The National Health Education Standards


Access the third of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 4: A Walk through the HECAT


Access the fourth of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 5: Using Topic-Based Modules to Review Curricula


Access the fifth of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 6: What Now? The HECAT Review Process and Use of Results


Access the last of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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How Would You Score? Assessing for Characteristics of Effective Curricula


If you work with schools to provide teen pregnancy, HIV, and/or STI programming, you may already know that many schools and districts use the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) to select and adapt curricula. For those of you less familiar with yet another acronym for our field: The HECAT stands for Health Education Curriculum…

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Implement


Implement Track planning and implementation: how did it go? In this step, you can take all of the hard work you put into making your program perfect and put it into action. At this point, you have selected your program and planned how to implement it, which is a huge accomplishment! However, it is extremely…

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Improve


Improve How will you continuously improve the quality of the program (CQI)? Continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies include using process and outcome evaluation data to make necessary changes to improve your program moving forward.  Regularly consider feedback from evaluation information in order to improve your program’s future contributions. Encourage your staff and participants to be…

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Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens


An Environmental Scan of Services and Programs The George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) funded Healthy Teen Network to conduct a community assessment of the services and programs available for pregnant & parenting teens in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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In Case You Missed It: A Look Back at Healthy Teen Network’s Publications in 2015


Healthy Teen Network worked hard to provide a wide variety of new resources in 2015. In case you missed any of them, here is a quick look at our publications and other resources from last year. Generate My Healthy Future This comprehensive set of materials is designed to generate energy around adolescent and young adult…

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Likes, Tweets, and Hashtags: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Study Recruitment


Social media and internet advertising continue to prove promising frontiers for the recruitment and engagement of participants for programs, studies, and campaigns. Last month, Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends gave a poster presentation at our annual national conference, sharing key lessons from the digital recruitment efforts of the Pulse study, a randomized control trial…

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Making Your Data Speak: The Art and Science of Communicating Your Evaluation Results Effectively & Beautifully (Webinar Recording)


This webinar shows you how to employ easy techniques to create impactful graphs to cut through the clutter of evaluation reports. We demonstrate how to convey your message with clarity and meaning using tools you already have accessible to you. We specifically discuss the principles behind data visualization; how to choose fonts, colors, and images…

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Making Your Logic Model Work for You


This one-page resource examines the ways a logic model supports your programming from start to finish and at various levels of your organization.

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Readiness for Sustaining Getting to Outcomes among Local Providers


Readiness for Sustaining Getting to Outcomes® Among Local Providers: A Discussion Guide for Technical Assistance Providers offers a series of questions designed to determine how ready an organization is to sustain an innovation. This discussion guide focuses on sustaining the Getting to Outcomes evidence-based framework, however, this tool applies best practices for sustaining any innovation…

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Replicating Success One Program at a Time


Lessons from replicating community-based programs that effectively address the complex issues associated with teen parents and teen pregnancy prevention in the United States.

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Spoiled, Lazy, Entitled, and Self-Involved? No.


The ‘it’ generation—spoiled, lazy, entitled, disruptors, self-involved, selfie and social media addicts; these are all words used to describe millennials. Millennials, or Generation Y, are those born between 1981 into 1993 and are known to be the largest generation in the nation presently (75.4 million)[1]. As a millennial myself, it is common for us to…

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Staying On Tracking Using Getting to Outcomes® (Elearning Module)


Whether you are just getting on board using Getting to Outcomes® (GTO), an evidence-based approach for planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining a program, or have years of experience using GTO, this brief elearning module will take you on a journey to learn more about GTO and give you a chance to navigate some common challenges…

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Step-By-Step Guide to Using Evidence-Based Approaches


It can become overwhelming to think about everything it takes to integrate evidence-based approaches into program and service delivery. Using a framework to integrate these evidence-based approaches, step-by-step, can make this process easier, whether you are designing new, innovative programs or services; implementing evidence-based interventions/programs or services; or adapting existing programs and services. There are…

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Strategic Plan to Reduce Births in Baltimore City, Executive Summary


Recommendations in the strategic plan to significantly reduce Baltimore City teen birth rates include: increased access to comprehensive sex education and contraceptive services for youth; educating youth about the availability of services and what it really means to be a teen parent; expanding school based or school linked clinical services; identifying a lead agency to…

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Strategic Plan to Reduce Teen Births in Baltimore City


Recommendations in the strategic plan to significantly reduce Baltimore City teen birth rates include: increased access to comprehensive sex education and contraceptive services for youth; educating youth about the availability of services and what it really means to be a teen parent; expanding school based or school linked clinical services; identifying a lead agency to…

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Supporting Evaluation


Evaluating the Implementation of Sex Education in Schools Healthy Teen Network partnered with Elev8 and East Baltimore Development, Inc. to implement and evaluate sexuality education programs in several Baltimore City elementary and middle schools. Healthy Teen Network evaluators engaged educators, school staff, and Elev8 administrators in the evaluation process to obtain meaningful process & outcome…

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Sustain


Sustain If your program is successful, how will it be sustained? This is where you make certain that your program is set up to continuously be offered. Continue to practice the methods that were most successful. Unfortunately, one of the realities you will face is that even successful programs may not continue because funding gets…

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Tip Sheet: Best Practices for Conducting a Needs and Resource Assessment


 This tip sheet can serve as an overall guide in thinking through the important program development process of conducting a needs and resource assessment for all types of programs.

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Tip Sheet: Built to Last: Planning Programmatic Sustainability


Your organization is doing great work: youth are receiving vital information and skills that will help them develop into healthy, happy adults, and your community is on board! Now is the time to build a program that will withstand the test of time. Expanding your sights beyond funding can help you build a program that will grow…

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Tip Sheet: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)


Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a systematic approach that uses information to make improvements to a program with an emphasis on future results. CQI is an ongoing process of gathering and reviewing process and outcome data in order to improve the program, both during and after implementation.

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Tip Sheet: What’s going on in the classroom? Assessing the Implementation of Sexuality Education


If your aim is to improve the quality of sexuality education in schools, one of your top priorities is likely to be to provide a high quality curriculum or set of lesson plans. You’ll also want to know how the lessons are being implemented in the classroom. This resource provides tips for assessing the implementation…

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Tool: Instructor Competency Assessment


The Instructor Competency Assessment Tool is a needs-assessment instrument designed to help you plan professional development (PD) for instructors teaching sexuality education.  The tool summarizes key competencies instructors need, and asks them to rate their comfort and capability within each competency. Click here to download the tool in Word format so that you can modify it…

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Tool: Program Fit


Fit refers to how well the program matches, or is appropriate for, the community, organization, stakeholders, and potential participants (i.e., youth). This tool supports assessing programs for fit. Read more about fit in the Evidence-Based Resource Center.

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Top Tips for Using Social Media to Recruit Study Participants


Ever wondered how recruiting for a research study through social media works? Or maybe you tried but did not see the results you expected? Over the last six months, Healthy Teen Network has recruited over 1,700 young women across the United States to participate in two randomized controlled trials to test our two new mobile apps.…

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What Are Our Areas of Expertise?


Healthy Teen Network staff bring a diverse range of subject matter expertise, with years of experience providing capacity-building assistance. We possess the skills-building training, TA, elearning, instructional design, evaluation, and resource development skills to work with both youth and adults. Our highly qualified staff can meet your needs, across a range of services. Areas of…

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What Are the Health Concerns of Young Men?


Adolescent and Young Men’s Health: Focus Groups: Findings and Recommendations Healthy Teen Network collaborated with the School-Based Health Alliance, a national association of school-based health centers and school health professionals, to conduct focus groups to gather information from adolescent and young and adult men (AYAM) of various races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses about their attitudes…

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What Is Next for Teen Pregnancy Prevention in the US?


Healthy Teen Network has long proposed a comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention that moves us beyond an individually-based prevention approach to one that promotes healthy sexual and reproductive outcomes for all youth, and includes: Utilizing evidence and innovation to affect outcomes; Using a systematic framework to select and implement programs that best fit a…

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What Makes It “Evidence-Based”?


Many of us are familiar with the term “evidence-based intervention” or “evidence-based program.” But for many others, especially those who are new to our field, this can be an unfamiliar term. “Evidence-based interventions,” or “EBIs,” describe a specific kind of programming that has been evaluated to show behavior change. EBIs can be a great way…

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YRBS: Big Decreases over Last 12 Years


The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV infection), alcohol and other drug use,…

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