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Progress Report. September 2012. Why Evaluate?. Required by granting agencies Used to improve performance Used to generate additional funding By agencies By Worth the Wait. In-School Time Series Design. O 1 X O 2 O 3 X O 4 O 5 X O 6 O=Observation (Survey) X=Curriculum

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Progress report

Progress Report

September 2012

Why evaluate

Why Evaluate?

  • Required by granting agencies

  • Used to improve performance

  • Used to generate additional funding

    • By agencies

    • By Worth the Wait

In school time series design

In-School Time Series Design

O1 X O2 O3 X O4 O5 X O6

O=Observation (Survey)


Odd numbers=Pre-tests

Even numbers=Post-tests

Compare O4 to O3and O2

Average Participation Rate is 55%

Qualitative methods

Qualitative methods

  • Focus groups with

    • Teens

    • Parents

    • Teachers

  • Depth Interviews with

    • Campus leaders

What changed stayed same

What Changed – stayed same

  • 2nd Year of Total WAIT Training

  • Teachers delivered WT materials

    • On their own schedules

    • Their own preference of lessons taught

  • WTW Nurses/Educators delivered Medical Presentations

  • Assemblies were delivered

Variance in survey participation

Variance in survey participation

What makes it work

What makes it work?

Protective Factors: Parents or Mentors

Significant pre post outcomes in each category

Significant Pre/Post Outcomes in Each Category

Protective Factors: Parents or Mentors

Not Normal Results


Key question

Key Question

Do intentions lead to behavior?

2003 2012 willing intercourse

2003-2012Willing Intercourse

Trends are down

Trends are down

Why be concerned?

  • Pre was down

  • Increase pre/post is growing


Hs health trend

HS Health Trend

Comparison to yrbs 2011

Comparison to YRBS, 2011

Potter county teen pregnancy

Potter County Teen Pregnancy

  • Trends on Pregnancy are flat

  • County not the worst in Texas, but in the “bottom” 5 %

  • Some AISD schools seeing increase, some decrease

Trends national state

Trends: National & state

  • Teen Pregnancy Down from 118/1000 (1991) to 69/1000 (2008)

  • Texas Decline follows national trend but at a slower rate

Impact on condom usage

Impact on Condom Usage

Return to National Average suggests last year was abnomal

Why pregnant

Why Pregnant?

  • Having sex to have a baby begins at 1% (7th grade) and grows to 7% (start of 9th), then goes to 5%

  • Trend is upward

  • Consistent with focus group findings that “intentional” pregnancies are happening earlier

  • Clearly a socially desirable activity in some circles early, not later

Focus group results

Focus Group Results

  • Getting pregnant is NOT seen as a negative consequence

    • All teen moms had access to condoms and, in many cases, other forms of birth control but chose not to use it

    • Most pregnancies occur in a “serious” relationship so protection against STDs is not a concern

Progress report

  • Girl, 15, Shot at Party

    • Shooting occurred at 3:30 a.m.

    • Girl was pregnant



  • Could promote condoms and birth control, but until pregnancy is viewed as a negative consequence, behavior won’t change

  • Keeping high school message in only health is not enough

  • We are losing opportunities to reach kids, especially in middle school

  • If we can’t reach parents, too, then we are going to continue to face strong challenges

Best practices from research

Best Practices from research

  • Motivate, Educate, Prepare

    • Offer reasons why

    • Must be medically accurate

    • Improve decision making overall

  • Teachers have to believe in & be comfortable with subject

  • Reach parents and involve them in the conversation

  • Include community service

  • Don’t stop messaging – continue through HS

  • Recognize power of Developmental Assets



  • Take over teaching the curriculum

  • Spread out delivery

  • Exhibit local administrator support

  • Find a way to reach more High School students

  • Reach parents more regularly

  • Seek new media channels since no new funding is available

  • Involve peer resources

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