Randomized Control Trials

We can lead you in conducting randomized control trials.

Philliber is experienced in conducting evaluations with complex designs including randomized controlled trials. Our research includes the original studies of the effectiveness of the Teen Outreach Program and the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.  In the first round of the Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health) funded adolescent pregnancy prevention program we were responsible for four randomized control trials, all of which had follow-up response rates above 80%.  In the current round of studies, we are conducting four additional randomized control trials. 

A few select recent or key randomized control trials include:

Achieving Condom Empowerment (ACE)-Plus, Cicatelli Associates Inc./Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

Cicatelli Associates Inc. has been awarded a five year grant from the Office for Adolescent Health to test the effectiveness of Achieving Condom Empowerment (ACE)-Plus, an intervention designed to increase correct and consistent condom use among young males in foster care settings in New York City to help prevent teen pregnancy and improve adolescent health. Philliber is evaluating the implementation and impacts of the program using a random assignment design.

Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination, US Department of Education, Dramatic Results

Dramatic Results’ Art of Building a City (ABC) Project aims to close the excellence gap experienced by low income gifted students in six Title 1 Long Beach Unified School District middle schools through establishing a community-wide ecosystem of interconnected supports that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with the Arts. The evaluation consists of both implementation outcome evaluations. The outcome evaluation is a clustered randomized control trial, comparing gifted students in six randomly assigned program and control schools. Students in program schools experience the learning ecosystem during math class, during wrap-around school time on Saturday, through summer learning programs, and through structured extension activities with their families that are offered by community partners. Outcomes include math achievement, knowledge of and interest in ART and STEM areas of study and careers, social emotional competencies, 21st Century Learning skills, and level of advanced academic placements in middle school and, to the extent possible, admission into STEM pathways in high school.

Big Decisions, Healthy Futures of Texas/Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

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.

Children’s Home and Aid Society, Chicago, Children’s Aid Society/Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

Children’s Home and Aid in Chicago was awarded a five-year grant from the Office for Adolescent Health to replicate the CAS-Carrera program in four Chicago schools. Philliber evaluated the implementation and outcomes of the program using an RCT design from 2010 through 2015.

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.

Dramatic Results – Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program, US Department of Education

Dramatic Results’ Making it REAL (Researching, Exploring, Analyzing, Learning): Math (REAL) is an arts integration program designed to improve students’ arts knowledge and math achievement and increase teachers’ self-efficacy for and use of arts integration in their classrooms. The multidisciplinary program blends elements of art, math, language, social studies, and iPad technology to help students achieve grade-level Common Core Standards. The primary art form is basketry. The professional development component is structured as a gradual release model, with professional teaching artists leading classroom activities in the first year, sharing them with the classroom teacher in the second year, and moving into a supporting role in the third year of the program.

The evaluation was a randomized control trial that compared four program schools and two control schools at both the student and the teacher level. Primary student outcomes of interest included increased knowledge and skills related to the curriculum elements, and more general changes related to social emotional development and academic achievement in math. Primary classroom teacher outcomes of interest included increase in knowledge and skills related to the curriculum elements, ability to implement the program with fidelity, development of social emotional competencies related to arts integration, and use of program essential elements in other classes or plans for future implementation of the program beyond the grant cycle.

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.

Linking Families and Teens (LiFT), 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.

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, 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.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

The United Way of South Eastern Michigan received a Social Innovation Fund grant to provide fragile families in the Detroit metro area with enhanced access to social services through the Family Checkup Model. Philliber is conducting a randomized controlled trial to document the impact of the program on families and children.

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