Evaluation of the Demoiselle 2 Femme Pregnancy Prevention Program
Chapin Hall is conducting a quasi-experimental study to evaluate the implementation and impact of the Demoiselle 2 Femme (D2F) pregnancy prevention program. The program, which is based on the 3-D P.R.I.D.E. (Power, Respect, Intelligence, Desirable, and Endurance) curriculum, aims to delay the age at which adolescent girls become sexually active and to reduce their risk of pregnancy. The evaluation is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) as part of a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) demonstration project. Two cohorts of approximately 400 female high school students each will participate in the study. Three quarters of the study participants will be students in Chicago Public Schools; one quarter will be students in Bloom Township, one of Chicago’s southern suburbs. Treatment school students will participate in the D2F pregnancy program. Comparison school students will participate in monthly motivational workshops that focus on goal setting, time management and academic support. Three waves of survey data will be collected from each cohort of students (i.e., pre-program, post-program and 12 months post-program) and approximately 10% of the weekly afterschool program workshops will be observed. The surveys include a set of performance measures developed by RTI International for all the PREIS grantees to measure sexual activity, contraceptive and condom use, and pregnancy.