Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluability assessment of adolescent pregnancy prevention and sexual health program, Be Proud! Be Responsible! in New York State
by Fitzpatrick, Veronica E., Dr.P.H., State University of New York at Albany, 2015, 150; 3719591
Abstract (Summary)

Proper implementation of pregnancy prevention programs is essential to sexual health program success and intended health outcomes for participants (Demby et. al, 2014). Large scale implementation of state-wide and local programs can vary. Multiple studies have shown that proper implementation of such programs is an essential requirement to their success (LaChausse, Clark, & Chapple, 2014; Demby et. al, 2014; Fixsen et. al, 2009). Generally, there are three types of organizations that receive funds for pregnancy prevention program implementation: schools, large city community organizations, and smaller community-based organizations (Demby et. al, 2014; Fixsen et. al, 2009). Be Proud! Be Responsible! is an evidence-based comprehensive sexual health curriculum that is implemented in all three settings.

The current study is an evaluability assessment of Be Proud! Be Responsible!, one of the evidence-based programs implemented as part of the New York State Department of Health’s Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention initiative. Evaluability assessments, also known as ‘exploratory evaluations’, are administered with the intention of providing enough useful information to maximize the program’s subsequent evaluations, policies, or practices (Leviton et. al, 2010). This evaluability assessment utilized a mixed-methods approach in the form of interviews, fieldnotes from observation, document review, and secondary data analysis during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, using Be Proud! Be Responsible! data from 2012-2013.

This study drew upon multiple sources to seek convergence and corroboration through the use of different data sources and methods (Bowen, 2009). By using this mixed-method approach to analysis it was determined that process evaluation is feasible and assessable while outcome evaluation can be carried out in the future with slight modification to the current measurement tools – the pre- and post- test, attendance records, and the fidelity checklist. It was also determined that there was a significant change in pre- and post- test responses for Be Proud! Be Responsible! participants in 2013, showing that evidence-based sexual health programs can be successful when properly implemented in specific settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bozlak, Christine T.
Commitee: Malloy, Rachel H., Powers, Jane, Purington, Amanda
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Womens studies, Public health, Health education
Keywords: Adolescent health, Evaluability assessment, New York, Pregnancy prevention, Program evaluation, Sexual health program
Publication Number: 3719591
ISBN: 978-1-339-00123-4
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