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San Joaquin County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation

Funding Agency: San Joaquin County Office of Education

Dates: 1997-2001

Staff: Norm Constantine (principal evaluator), BethAnn Beliner, Marycruz Diaz, Jeannie Huh-Kim

(This project was based at WestEd.) This was an evalution of the San Joaquin County Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Coalition program, funded for five years by the California Department of Education's SB-1170 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant Program.

The coalition consists of three primary agencies (the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Valley Community Counseling, and the San Joaquin County Public Health Department), and twelve school districts. The evaluation was participatory and utilization-focused, involving regular meetings of evaluation staff with the coalition's evaluation committee to plan and implement the design. Key evaluation activities included pre-intervention, post-intervention, and follow-up student assessments using a project-modified and expanded version of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), with individual student data linked longitudinally. This was supplemented with the collection and analysis of a variety of other quantitative and qualitative data, including school records, birth records, activity logs, interviews, and focus groups. A randomized side-study also was consucted to assess reading and comprehension challenges for alternative school students in understanding YRBS standard terminology for sexual behavior and other risk activities.