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What is “Evidence-Based?”

The term “evidence-based” is reserved for programs that have been proven through rigorous evaluation to reduce:

  • Teenage pregnancy;
  • Behavioral risks underlying teenage pregnancy; or
  • Other associated risk factors among teens age 19 and younger.

– Office of Adolescent Health, Department of Health and Human Services

 

What are the criteria for Evidence-Based Programs?

 

Criteria for Evidence-Based Programs1

Choosing the Best 

   Behavioral change.

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+ Experimental design.

 

+ Intervention and comparison/control groups.

 

+ Randomly assigned participants to groups.

 

+ Collect data before and after intervention.

 

+ Significantly different behavior change.

 

+ Change is in a positive direction.

 

   

= EVIDENCE-BASED.

 

 1According to Dr. Douglas Kirby, one of world’s leading researchers on evidence-based programs to reduce sexual risk taking, 2012 ETR video.