Check out Evidence-Based Programs if you're looking for a curriculum that has shown evidence of changing adolescent sexual risk-taking behavior. You'll find information here that can lead you to promising curricula that might "fit" your population.
The Evidence-Based Programs on the ReCAPP site are:
- 17 Days (formerly What Could You Do?)
- Aban Aya Youth Project
- Adult Identity Mentoring (Project AIM)
- Assisting in Rehabilitating Kids (ARK)
- Be Proud! Be Responsible!
- Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!
- Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART)
- Children's Aid Society (CAS) - Carrera Programs
- Draw the Line/Respect the Line
- Focus on Youth: An HIV Prevention Program for African-American Youth
- FOCUS: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections and Unwanted Pregnancies among Young Women
- Get Real about AIDS
- Horizons: STI/HIV Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for African American Girls
- It's Your Game: Keep it Real
- Making A Difference!
- Making Proud Choices!
- Project TALC (Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate)
- Promoting Health Among Teens! - Abstinence-Only (PHAT)
- Raising Healthy Children
- Reducing the Risk, 5th ed.
- Rikers Health Advocacy Program (RHAP)
- Safer Choices
- Safer Sex Intervention
- SHARP (Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention)
- Sisters Saving Sisters
- Sisters, Informing, Healing, Living, Empowering (SIHLE)
- Teen Health Project
- Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
For each curriculum we provide: an overview of the curriculum, a discussion of unique features, a description of the theoretical framework, program costs and training information, and an evaluation fact sheet. All these curricula have been rigorously evaluated and have shown impact on sexual risk-taking behavior. We do not rank the curricula by effectiveness, but present the evaluators' findings. Not all the curricula have shown similar positive results when replicated.
Resources Related to Evidence-Based Programs
- Compendia of Science-Based Programs
A 2010 bibliography of resources related to evidence-based programs.
- Evidence-Based Programs Selection Criteria (pdf)
Program and evaluation criteria that the ReCAPP team used to select the programs included in this section.
- International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An evidence-informed approach for schools, teachers and health educators, Vol. 1 (2009)
Written by a team of experts including Doug Kirby and Nanette Ecker and published by UNESCO, Volume 1 focuses on the rationale for sexuality education and provides sound technical advice on the characteristics of effective programs.
- Sex and HIV Education Programs for Youth: Their Impact and Important Characteristics by Doug Kirby, PhD, B.A. Laris, MPH and Lori Rolleri, MSW, MPH, May 2006
- Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC) by Doug Kirby, PhD, Lori Rolleri, MSW, MPH, and Mary Martha Wilson, MA, February 2007.
Based on the following report, this tool is designed to assess, select, improve or design a sex or STD/HIV education program. ETR and Healthy Teen Network have designed a one-day training to provide an overview of the characteristics and guidance on using the TAC. For more information about the training, contact Healthy Teen Network. A color print copy of the TAC is also available at Healthy Teen Network for $20, which covers shipping costs.
A Spanish version of the TAC is also available.
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If you are using an Evidence-Based Program, please give us feedback on how it is working for you. If you have questions about implementation, ask us.