Adolescent Risk Reduction
PRG assists community-based organizations, school districts, state government agencies, and national organizations in their efforts to promote and reduce risky adolescent behaviors. We have helped our clients with evaluation and research services for programs and initiatives that aim to prevent and reduce suicide, violence, substance abuse, and behaviors that may result in the transmission of HIV, other STI, and/or unwanted pregnancies. Since 2004, PRG has provided a range of research and evaluation services to inform policymakers, public health, and medical professionals and to communicate those findings with clarity. We assist clients with a broad range of data collection and management, measurement, epidemiological, and statistical expertise.
PRG principals and analysts work in close coordination with state and local public health officials, community-focused, and national public health leaders to better understand the needs of adolescent populations, improve program implementation, and help improve the effectiveness of service delivery.
Examples of some recent research and evaluation focused on adolescent risk reduction:
+ A four-year randomized controlled trial of the impacts of the BART pregnancy prevention curricula on adolescents’ reported sexual behaviors;
+ A four-year randomized controlled trial of the impacts of the Safer Sex pregnancy prevention curricula on adolescents’ reported sexual behaviors;
+ Several evaluations of SAMHSA-funded substance abuse treatment and prevention programs aimed at adolescents;
+ A multi-year, multi-method evaluation of a state-wide teen suicide prevention intervention;
+ A multi-year formative and summative evaluation of a violence reduction program at a large urban school district;
+ An ongoing evaluation of after-school program curricula that aims to improve and develop the social skills of elementary and middle school students.
PRG is a leader in economical rigorous efficacy research at the programming level. We have years of experience in research and evaluation using cost-effective experimental and quasi-experimental designs for the purposes of causal inference. We have particular expertise in data collection efforts involving hard-to reach populations, including adolescents. We continue to develop analytic frameworks and data collection techniques that provide our clients with insight on the perceptions, reach, fidelity, and efficacy of their efforts to improve health outcomes.
As a mid-size firm, PRG is able to remain responsive to clients and agile in our approach. We remain closely attuned to the concerns and obligations of our clients. We consistently work to communicate with clarity in new and productive ways. PRG helps clients by providing responsive and transparent formative assessments at any stage of development. PRG’s research has helped inform program and policy decisions at various federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), and the Department of Education (DoE).