In-Person Surveys

We gather data through conducting in-person surveys.

Many of our projects involve in-person data collection using surveys. To do this, we revise existing instruments, if needed, or develop new ones. We recommend these each be no longer than ten minutes and at no higher than the sixth-grade reading level (which is what we always assume on surveys of US adults). We have the ability to measure knowledge, attitudes, skills, self-efficacy, behaviors, and many other potential outcomes. We will also take the lead in developing rigorous and meaningful qualitative survey questions. Every survey we produce can be offered in a variety of languages as needed.

A few select recent or key projects that used in-person surveys include:

Maine Family Planning, Anonymous funder and the Family Planning Association of Maine

The Maine Family Planning project documented the implementation of primary care services in a family planning clinic in rural Maine and subsequent changes in patient and clinic-level variables as the clinic moved toward certification as a patient-centered medical home. The evaluation was a quasi-experimental design using two family planning clinics with no primary care that served as comparisons to family planning clinics with primary care. The research drew on both quantitative and qualitative data from a patient surveys, staff and administrator interviews, and clinic financial reports, as well as extensive gleaning of clinical and billing data directly from the electronic medical record system. A related case study on the process of transforming a family planning clinics into a level three patient centered medical home was completed in summer 2016.

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 California Wellness Foundation

In 1996, The California Wellness Foundation began a ten-year Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative designed to decrease the incidence of teen pregnancies by increasing the proportion of teens who delay the initiation of sexual activity and/or effectively use contraception. Philliber conducted the evaluation of this $60 million statewide effort in California. We followed the progress of seven target communities, including pre-post, door-to-door surveys, and yearly interviews with community partners including school administrators, public health officials, political leaders, members of the faith and business communities. We also tracked the progress of 13 policy/advocacy organizations, evaluated the statewide public education campaign, measured the outcomes of a statewide professional development activity, and performed many other tasks as part of this major project. Annually, major learnings were presented, and recommendations were made for strengthening the Initiative.

The Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative, AIDS Funding Collaborative

The Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative, funded by the AIDS Funding Collaborative, provided comprehensive sexuality education to students in grades K -12 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Evaluation of this initiative involved analysis of changes in student knowledge, attitude, and behavioral intent, as well as changes in District policies vis-à-vis sexuality education. Students in each of the selected schools were surveyed using a pretest/posttest design. Local stakeholders, as well as teachers and principals were interviewed about the curriculum, and parents were asked to complete surveys regarding their thoughts about comprehensive sexuality education. In addition, a field team from Philliber conducted classroom observations to measure fidelity to the four curricula used in the initiative. Using this design, Philliber was able to provide information about the impact of the curricula on students, the response to the curricula by local stakeholders, and the extent to which the schools and teachers maintained fidelity to the implementation plan.

Women’s Sports Foundation: Girls’ Education, Fitness & Empowerment Exchange, New York Community Trust

Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) works to equalize access to sports for women and girls. Philliber’s first project for WSF was an evaluation the formation of a knowledge exchange between three organizations dedicated to girls and sports. The evaluation consisted of a description of knowledge exchange activities, as well as design and baseline data collection of a shared youth survey. The second project, Sports 4 Life, is an outcomes evaluation for WSF’s portfolio of girls’ sports programs funded jointly with ESPNW. The evaluation utilizes the Youth Athletic Fitness Survey, program leaders surveys and interviews, and grant report data.

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