Multi-Component Evaluation of Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
In partnership with Mathematica Policy Research, Chapin Hall is conducting an evaluation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). PREP was authorized by Congress in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. It provides formula grants to states to support evidence-based programs to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The programs also offer information on adulthood preparation subjects, such as healthy relationships, education, and career planning. This multi-component evaluation will document how PREP-funded programs are operationalized in the field and assess selected programs’ effectiveness.
This study has three primary components:
(1) Design and Implementation Study (DIS) Using multiple methods of information collection, the DIS will document how state PREP grantees are designing and implementing their programs at the state level.
(2) Performance Analysis Study (PAS) The study will also develop performance measurement instruments and set up a system for tracking grantee performance and providing training and technical assistance to reporting agencies.
(3) Impact and Implementation Study (IIS) Using an experimental design in selected sites, with an average of approximately 1,500 research sample members at each site, this study will test the effectiveness of a range of PREP program models to affect the behavior of participating youth. The IIS component will also document how these in-depth sites are implementing their programs.