Nationally Recognized Proven-Effective Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracted with Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Child Trends, to conduct an independent systematic review of the evidence base on programs to reduce teen pregnancy, STIs, and associated sexual risk behaviors. The review identified, assessed, and rated the rigor of program impact studies and described the strength of evidence supporting different program models. Findings were used to identify program models meeting the criteria for the HHS List of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs.
Findings from the first review of the evidence, completed in spring 2010, were released in conjunction with the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program grant announcements. The findings were also highlighted in the 2010 State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant announcement. In December 2010, Mathematica and Child Trends released a public call for studies to update the review with new research findings. Results from this update were released in April 2012, with Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education being recognized as one of only 31 proven effective programs. Over 1,000 studies of teen pregnancy programs were reviewed.
To further understand the standards met by the Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education study, please visit the Review Protocol used by Mathematica Policy Research and Child Trends.
Also, see how the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health answers Frequently Asked Questions (including general questions about the review, updates to the initial review, review findings, and plans for updating future reviews).