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California HIV/STD Prevention Education and Evaluation Technical Support Network

Funding Agency: California Department of Education, School Health Connections Office, and California Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS

Dates: 1998-2001

Staff: Norm Constantine (project director), Jana Kay Slater, Kathleen Curry, Jeannie Huh-Kim

(This project was based at WestEd in collaboration with PHI). The Network provided training and technical support to HIV/STD Prevention Education grantees funded by the California Department of Education's HIV/STD Prevention Grant Program. This involved organizing and presenting two annual statewide training institutes in collaboration with CDE, as well as supporting and supervising a statewide network of core and specialized HIV/STD prevention education program consultants. These consultants have provided on-site and telephone support to the 35 funded sites, and assisted sites with collection of program implementation and evaluation data. Grantees include school districts and county offices of education, and program collaborations involve a variety of other county agencies and community-based organizations.

To better target grants to students of most need, CDE grant funds for the two-year grant cycle beginning Fall, 2000 must be used to serve alternative schools students only. Nineteen districts and county offices of education have been funded for this new grant cycle.

Also beginning in Fall, 2000, the network was reorganized, based largely on the results of a developmental evaluation we conducted of the first two years of the network. To provide more comprehensive support for local education and evaluation activities, TA services were broken out into curriculum support and evaluation support. Curriculum support services were coordinated by the Ventura County Office of Education. Evaluation support services were coordinated by WestEd and PHI.

The Network supported and monitored agencies to determine progress in meeting program goals and objectives, administering pre and post-tests, and conducting the California Healthy Kids Survey as a condition of receiving grant funds. Additionally, the Network provided guidance and support to those agencies able to conduct more in-depth program evaluation including support in evaluation design, data collection, and analysis. Specific responsibilities included:

  1. Develop and validate a mandatory pre-post assessment of student knowledge about HIV and other STD's.
  2. Develop and validate an expanded instrument for optional use, including knowledge, attitudes, perceived norms, behavioral intentions, and behaviors.
  3. Analyze and report pre-post differences in students assessed with these instruments each semester.
  4. Conduct two site visits per site per year in collaboration with the curriculum support provider for each site.
  5. Work with funded sites on implementing local program goals and objectives, and provide other evaluation expertise.
  6. Monitor sites to ensure implementation of curriculum and supplemental prevention activities.
  7. Assist with administration and interpretation of the California Healthy Kids Survey core, resilience, and sexual behavior modules at each site.

For more information about the Network, download our 1999 CDC National Leadership Conference paper.