Performance Improvement 2004. Evaluating National Dissemination Strategies for Effective HIV Prevention Programs for Youth


This project evaluated dissemination strategies intended to increase the adoption and implementation of HIV prevention programs for youth in the United States. This Program Operations evaluation focuses on the ongoing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Programs That Work” project. Specifically, the dissemination of two curricula, “Focus on Kids” and “Safer Choices,” were evaluated. CDC developed the “Programs That Work” project in response to requests from educators for effective programs that reduce health risk behaviors among youth. The purpose of this project is: (1) To identify interventions with credible evidence of effectiveness in reducing risk behaviors. (2) To disseminate “Programs That Work” from the national level to local community and school levels; and (3) encourage state and local education and health agencies, community-based organizations, and national non- governmental organizations to adopt research-based prevention programs and teaching methods. This evaluation adopts both quantitative and qualitative research methods. For each of the curricula, data were collected from two sources: master trainers and local health educators. It was concluded that the dissemination of “Focus on Kids” and “Safer Choices” had been a success: multiple local trainings had been held; information of the curricula had been delivered to a variety of local agencies/groups; and a large number of young people had been taught. However, there are still some barriers to the implementation of the program that can be addressed. The curricula may need to be tailored in order to better suit the needs of varying audiences. In addition, a cost-effectiveness analysis is needed to further determine the success of the programs.

PIC ID: 7869
Agency Sponsor: CDC-NCCDPHP, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Federal Contact: Banspach, Stephen, 770-488-3257
Performer: Battelle Memorial Institute, MD, VA

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