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Adolescent & Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

Leaders in the Field

Few organizations have more experience than Philliber in evaluating teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Selected Projects

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) (2015-present) will implement and evaluate LiFT: Linking Families and Teens, an innovative approach designed specifically for youth in rural communities to lower rates of teen pregnancy, increase use of contraceptives, and delay initiation of sexual activity. Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health.

The Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health (NWCAH) Improving the Lives of Teens, is bringing evidence based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs to scale in seven high-need communities. The NWCAH Improving the Lives of Teens, will reach approximately 2,275 youth annually, for a total of 9,100 over the five-year project period. In each community, NWCAH will implement evidence-based TPP programs in schools, after- school and at community-based sites, and in clinics. Key stakeholders, community partners, and youth have selected a wide range of evidence-based TPP programs to implement within each community.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, is conducting an implementation evaluation of the Stronger Together Initiative which is a capacity building project aimed at improving the ability of youth service organizations to deliver evidence-based practices for the prevention of teenage pregnancy.  Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).

Healthy Futures of Texas (HFTX) is implementing and evaluating Big Decisions, an abstinence-plus approach to preventing teen pregnancy that has been found promising for Hispanic, low-income urban youth. HFTX now seeks to demonstrate the curriculum’s efficacy for low-income Hispanic youth in rural communities and small cities. This study will include 8,540 predominantly Hispanic students attending 9th grade in rural counties in South Texas. Impact will be documented in a three-group study of Big Decisions; Big Decisions Plus, adding service learning and parent sessions; and Youth Voices (Control Group). A standard treatment and control design will be used, including randomized assignment of classes.

Bedsider is an on-line and mobile device system to educate about and support use of birth control and STI protection, developed by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  Philliber Research & Evaluation and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) worked together to evaluate the use of this tool at a pilot launch in three clinics in Florida.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded projects intended to help programs adopt science-based strategies to prevent teen pregnancy.  Philliber served as the evaluator for the efforts of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's Putting What Works to Work project, for the North Carolina Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and assisted in training for evaluation with the South Carolina Campaign.

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, through funding from OAH, will offer capacity building assistance to 16 youth-serving organizations located throughout South Carolina that currently provide programs and services to youth in juvenile justice or foster care but do not have capacity to deliver evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs. Each organization will develop a HIV/STD/TPP Plan that includes implementation of evidence-based TPP programs with fidelity, referrals to quality teen-friendly healthcare services, and educational offerings for parents and caregivers. Over the course of the project, four cohorts consisting of four youth-serving organizations (16 organizations total) will receive 15 months of intensive CBA. Over the course of the project, the South Carolina Campaign plans to reach over 3,380 youth ages 13-19 in juvenile detention or foster care.

Children's Aid Society/Carrera Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Philliber conducted a random assignment evaluation in six New York City sites and six sites in other cities across the United States. Philliber continues to evaluate Carrera Model Programs supported through CAS's Adolescent Sexuality Training Center.

Children's Home + Aid in Chicago has been awarded a five year grant from the Office for Adolescent Health to replicate the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program in Chicago schools. Philliber Research & Evaluation is evaluating the implementation and impacts of the program using a random assignment design.

Cicatelli Associates' Development For Youth has been awarded a five year grant from the Office for Adolescent Health to test the effectiveness of Development for Youth among a randomly selected sample of foster care youth in New York City.  The program is attempting to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse, increase contraceptive use, and reduce pregnancies.  Philliber Research & Evaluation is evaluating the implementation and impacts of the program using a random assignment design.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted foundational research to inform a national communication campaign aimed at increasing long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) among young women in their twenties. Compiled a targeted literature review, media scan, and content analysis of YouTube videos related to LARC adoption, as well as interviewed experts in the field. The final report was used to frame fundamental considerations and questions to be addressed by the campaign’s design firm.

Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health was awarded $20 million by the Office of Adolescent Health to replicate the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), an evidence-based youth development program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. This project is being evaluated using a random assignment design wherein students from six states and over 50 sites are assigned to receive TOP or a benign alternative program called Community Voices.

Teen Outreach Program consisted of supervised community service and classroom discussions of key social and developmental tasks of adolescents.  Philliber conducted a national random assignment evaluation, as well as numerous pre/post evaluations. A random assignment replication is taking place in five western states.

The Iowa and Colorado Initiatives to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies funded by a private donor, was designed to increase access to family planning services and reduce unintended pregnancies in Iowa and Colorado.  Philliber Research & Evaluation, along with the University of California San Francisco, monitored the activities of over sixty agencies and collected data in both states to evaluate the progress and effectiveness of these Initiatives including any decrease in unintended pregnancies.

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