Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs. Design and Methods for the Final Impact Evaluation

Central to the evaluation of Title V, Section 510 abstinence education programs is a rigorous analysis of the programs' impact on teen sexual abstinence and teen sexual activity. To this end, the impact analysis for the evaluation relies on an experimental design. Under the experimental design, youth in the study sample are assigned to either a program group that receives the services provided by a selected group of Title V, Section 510 programs or a control group that receives only the usual services available in the absence of these programs. When coupled with sufficiently large sample sizes, longitudinal surveys conducted by independent data collectors, and appropriate statistical methods, this design is able to produce highly credible estimates of the impacts of the focal programs.

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