Program Reach employs outcome evaluations, on all of our programs, which scientifically measure the effects of the programs through rigorously developed pre and post-program surveys of participants and comparison groups. This approach permits us to track changes in program participants’ knowledge and attitudes in the areas targeted by the programs and to assess, through the use of comparison groups, which changes may be attributable to our programs.
We firmly believe in the need to evaluate and improve our programs continuously and therefore we carefully select our independent evaluators, thus ensuring that our programs provide the best possible outcomes for the youth that we serve. Our evaluators are leaders in the field of social science from major academic institutions in the New York Metropolitan area.
Our replication of the Promoting Health Among Teens! project has been rigorously evaluated since 2010 through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Adolescent Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. In February 2014 our research, “Improving the Replication Success of Evidence-Based Interventions: Why a Pre-Implementation Phase Matters,” was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The Healthy Respect Youth Development Program (HRYDP) has been rigorously evaluated since the Spring of 2006 in over twenty schools in Yonkers, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, and the Bronx. Research on this program was conducted through a project funded by the Administration for Family Life – US Department of Health and Human Services, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Public School District, the Alfred Smith Foundation, and the Knights of Malta. Overall, the results from HRYDP yielded encouraging and statistically validated effects in attitudes and knowledge of risk avoidance, pregnancy, and STDs. Of critical importance, these effects were not observed in the comparison students, suggesting the pattern of effects was a result of the prevention program activities.
The Healthy Respect Character Education Program was evaluated locally, and additionally was a part of a National Cross Site Evaluation conducted by Research Triangle Institute through an arrangement with the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs -US Department of Health and Human Services. An independent assessment of the cost effectiveness of Program Reach’s Healthy Respect program by a Rutgers University health economist and a New York Medical College public health policy analyst (Yamada and Chen) was published in the Journal of Children and Poverty in March 2011. The authors reported that the program was not only cost effective in the number of potential births that were likely to be averted; but that the program had also resulted in a significant reduction in the likelihood of youth engaging in early sexual intercourse.
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