Chicago’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Evaluation
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is collaborating with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL), and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) to implement the Chicago Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, which is funded by the DHHS Office of Adolescent Health. The primary goal of this initiative is to reduce the occurrence of teen pregnancy in Chicago’s youth by replicating the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a youth development program to improve life skills and increase community engagement and health. Chapin Hall is supporting CPS through its evaluation of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. This is a randomized control study being conducted in 44 schools in neighborhoods in Chicago with the highest rates of teen pregnancy. The evaluation will focus on (i) the fidelity of implementation and (ii) determining the effectiveness of TOP in reducing teen pregnancy/fatherhood rates, course failures, and suspension rates. These objectives will be achieved by classroom observations for fidelity assessment, and the use of administrative and survey data for the impact of TOP.