Evaluation of Curriculum Effectiveness

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A few select recent or key projects evaluating curriculum effectiveness include:

Art is Education, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio

Young Audiences offers Art is Education in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The program offers schools arts-infused learning through teaching artists residencies with professional arts organizations that may include assemblies, student performances and field trips. The program includes professional development opportunities and out-of-school time programs. Philliber is working to evaluate the outcomes the program achieves and building evaluation capacity of program staff and teachers through training and technical assistance.

Compassionate Arts Remaking Education (CARE) Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program, US Department of Education, Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House developed the Compassionate Arts Remaking Education (C.A.R.E.) program, was funded through a U.S. Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant (2014-2019) to bring theatre education incorporating principles of trauma-informed care into four Title I K-8 public schools in Cleveland, Ohio. This project included an implementation study as well as a clustered randomized control trial with outcome measures related to English Language Arts achievement, social-emotional learning, and school climate and safety. The program later expanded to 16 schools and received a grant renewal to supplement the curriculum to include materials focused on meeting the needs of emotionally disturbed youth.

Development for Youth (DFY: Take Charge!), Cicatelli Associates Inc./Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

Cicatelli Associates Inc. was awarded a six-year grant from the Office for Adolescent Health in 2010 to test the effectiveness of Development for Youth among a randomly selected sample of foster care youth in New York City. The program attempted to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse, increase contraceptive use, and reduce pregnancies. Philliber evaluated the implementation and impacts of the program using a random assignment design.

IN•clued: Inclusive Healthcare—Youth and Providers Empowered, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands/Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is implementing and evaluating IN•clued: Inclusive Healthcare—Youth and Providers Empowered, an innovative approach designed specifically for LGBTQ youth to reduce pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. This project is a randomized control trial reaching approximately 1,800 youth and 300 healthcare professionals in 12 communities over five years. IN•clued is delivered by trained peer educators and includes two components: (1) a three-hour workshop for health care staff and providers that addresses best practices for working with LGBTQ youth, as well as hands-on practice in mock teen-patient interviews; and 2) a 3-hour interactive workshop for LGBTQ youth that includes education related to sexual risk prevention and healthy relationships, and information about how to access sexual health services. Philliber is conducting a randomized control trial of the program.

Linking Families and Teens, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands/Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

Linking Families and Teens (LiFT) is an innovative program designed by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands for families in rural communities, with the goal of reducing unplanned teen pregnancies by increasing family connectedness and increasing youth’s self-efficacy, knowledge, and skills related to sexual health. LiFT is a two-module curriculum workshop delivered in five hours for youth and their parenting adults. Youth and parenting adults also receive participant guides that encourage communication between them as well as optional weekly texts that offer additional resources and suggestions for fun ways families can communicate for 12 weeks after the workshop. Parenting adults receive a phone call from the facilitator 3 to 5 weeks after the workshop to reinforce the skills learned during the program. Philliber is conducting a random controlled study to measure the impact of this program.

Practice Makes Perfect, The Heckscher Foundation for Children, Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect is a multi-site summer learning loss prevention program in public schools in New York City. The evaluation used a quasi-experimental design, drawing on de-identified comparison data from well-matched schools. Data sources included surveys of students, teachers, parents, and principals; teacher observations; standardized testing data; and school year academic data from the New York City Department of Education.

Teen Outreach Program, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands/Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

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. Services were delivered by a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates in Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska at over 50 sites. This project was evaluated using a random assignment design wherein students are assigned to receive TOP or a benign alternative program called Community Voices. Philliber developed a system of evaluation which includes managing and conducting surveys across all sites, analyzing data and ensuring fidelity.

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Philliber conducted a formative evaluation for several youth development programs funded by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Memphis Kids in Nature (MKIN) is a non-profit youth education and outdoor experience program established in 2005 that connects kids to the outdoors in meaningful, lasting and life-changing ways. MKIN provides day trips and overnight camping experiences for underserved children that allows them the opportunity to play and have fun while exploring nature. The Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP) aims to teach youth the importance of firearms safety by instilling the values of discipline, leadership and teamwork that helps mold the future sportsmen and women of Tennessee. Annually more than 2,000 middle and high school aged youth participate in the program across Tennessee.

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