Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs are those that have been shown, in at least one program evaluation, to have a positive effect on preventing teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, or sexual risk behaviors. Providing teens with evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, including positive youth development and curriculum-based programs, was a key component of federally funded community-wide initiatives implemented from 2010-2015. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review, uses a systematic process for reviewing evaluation studies against a rigorous standard to identify evidence-based programs. Additional resources for program implementation are provided below.

Program planning, implementation, and evaluation tools

  • Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using Getting to Outcomes
    This comprehensive guide to help teen pregnancy prevention program managers employ science-based approaches as they 1) plan and set goals for prevention programs, 2) develop and conduct process and outcome evaluations of programs, and 3) learn ways to improve and sustain programs that are reaching outcomes.
  • Program Implementation Partner Needs Assessment Tool
    This tool can help organizations identify current strengths and opportunities for improvement related to the implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs to. To obtain a copy of this tool, contact drhinfo@cdc.gov.
  • Performance Measure Reporting Tool
    Section I of this tool can help organizations evaluate their progress related to implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. To obtain a copy of this tool, contact drhinfo@cdc.gov.