Online Program

Implications and importance of program evaluation: Reviews of the use of evidence in public health programs for teen pregnancy prevention by the Office of Adolescent Health

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Amy Farb, PhD, HHS Office of Adolescent Health, Rockville, MD
Amy Margolis, MPH, CHES, HHS Office of Adolescent Health, Rockville, MD
In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) was established to support the funding and evaluation of evidence-based programs to address teen pregnancy prevention across the country.  The Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program has funded $105 million in competitive grants, and established two types of evaluation efforts for these grants: 1) rigorous evaluation to replicate evidence-based, TPP programs that are medically accurate, age-appropriate, and have demonstrated previous evidence to prevent teen pregnancy; 2) evaluation of new and innovative TPP programs.  Of these programs, 35 are being evaluated by the grantees and 16 are being evaluated by federal evaluation contractors. 

The goals of the grantee-led and the federal-led evaluation efforts are to 1) add to the evidence base by evaluating new and untested program models and strategies for TPP and 2) understand how to effectively replicate and implement evidence-based program models and reproduce the impacts from the original program evaluations.

As the final year of evaluation for the first group of grantees concludes in 2015, OAH has collected the impact reports of all programs.  This presentation will summarize the grantee-led and the federally-led evaluations, lessons learned during the evaluation process, and review the use of evidence in public health programs to prevent teen pregnancy.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of public health program evaluation Describe three implications for evaluation of public health programs List three challenges when evaluating an evidence-based program

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Sexual Risk Behavior

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Amy Margolis, MPH is the director of the program division at the Office of Adolescent Health and oversees the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.