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Sex education refers to the teaching of information regarding sexual health, sexual behaviors and their effects and may be delivered in a school or community-based setting (Salkind, 2006). Effective sex education programs have clear objectives, target multiple risk and protective factors, and provide instruction in a way that is appropriate to the culture, values, age, and sexual experience of participants (Kirby, Rolleri, & Wilson, 2007).

 

Comprehensive, curriculum-based sex education approaches that encourage abstinence, but also promote positive youth development and build knowledge and skills related to safe sexual behaviors, have been found to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in youth, by delaying sex in some cases and reducing sexual risk-taking behaviors in others (Kirby, 2007; Kirby, Laris, & Rolleri, 2006; Ikramullah & Manlove, 2008). Current research suggests that abstinence-only approaches – those that focus only on abstinence and do not teach about contraception – are by and large not very effective (Kohler, Manhar, & Lafferty, 2008; Trenholm et al., 2007).

 

A number of effective practices or characteristics, such as using competent facilitators and providing medically-accurate information, have been identified (Kirby, Laris, & Rolleri, 2006). Many of these are important service delivery elements to track as part of performance management.

 

This is an eight-item subscale of a self-report instrument for measuring the amount of communication about sexual risk and sexual risk reduction occurring between parents and their adolescent children, as reported by the adolescent. It has been tested wit ...

The Partner Communication Scale (PCS) is composed of five items that assess frequency of communicating with a sex partner. It was originally pilot-tested with a small sample of African American females ages 14 to 18, but may be used with males, individual ...

This intake form captures demographic and contact information for new participants. It can be easily completed by each participant upon enrolling in a new program. 

The questions provided by this tool come from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is part of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). With versions available for middle school and high school, this survey is designed to assess priorit ...

Please note that this tool is proprietary and may only be obtained by contacting the creators of the tool below. PerformWell cannot make this tool available in ETO. This is an example of a detailed implementation fidelity tool from Teenage Health Teachin ...

This tool is a factual quiz about student's contraceptive knowledge, which was originally administered to students and young adults ages 15 and up, as part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health).The Add Health study is a nat ...

This form aims to capture participants' perceptions of program leader performance. This is an easy form for adolescent or young adult participants to complete following a program session. It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 

This survey gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health.  The survey results are used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others to plan health se ...

The Contraceptive Self-Efficacy (CSE) scale has been used to assess motivational barriers to contraceptive use among diverse samples of sexually active adolescents, young adults, and adults. The CSE scale has been used with all ages of women around the wo ...

This is an example of an attendance sheet that can be used to track program participation. An excel version of this tool can be made. Excel functions (sum and average) can be added so that the total number and percent of sessions attended is automatically ...

The purpose of the observation form is to assess staff training on fidelity and whether fidelity monitoring processes are being implemented as intended.  This observation form has been developed for grantees awarded funds from the Teen Pregnancy Preventio ...

The questions on this tool are taken from a larger questionnaire administered to students and young adults ages 15 and up as part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The Add Health study is a nationally representative st ...

This tool includes items adapted by Mathematica and Child Trends for an ACF-funded study of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches. It includes items related to pregnancy and childbirth.  

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The purpose of the observation form is to measure the quality of program implementation. It has been developed for grantees awarded funds from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program administered by the Office of Adolescent Health within the Office of the A ...

The question on this tool is taken from a larger questionnaire administered to students and young adults ages 15 and up as part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The Add Health study is a nationally representative stu ...

The Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC) is an organized set of questions designed to help practitioners assess whether curriculum-based programs have incorporated the common characteristics of effective ...

This tool is designed for participants completing an exit survey for the State Personal Responsibility Education Program (also referred to as PREP). Child Trends was granted permission to post this tool on PerformWell by project officers at the Administra ...