Power Through Choices is the only program studied through the federal Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches (PPA) evaluation that focused on reducing pregnancy and associated sexual risk behaviors among youth living in out-of-home care. The evaluation was the first rigorous test of Power Through Choices’ effectiveness in improving behavioral outcomes.
An initial project implementation report (below), prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., described the first phase of the Power Through Choices Demonstration and Evaluation Project, including the structure, staffing, training, program delivery, and fidelity monitoring, along with feedback from the project staff, group home staff, and youth participants.
Key findings from the report that assessed the Power Through Choices program implementation with over 1,000 youth in 44 group home settings in three states, included:
- Over 90% of youth felt Power Through Choices was “very valuable” or “extremely valuable” to them.
- The Power Through Choices curriculum was relevant to the lives of the high-risk youth.
- The interactive format more fully engaged the youth in the learning process.
- The high quality of facilitation was critical to the success of the program.
This executive summary provides a brief overview of the implementation study findings from the evaluation of Power Through Choices 2010 in Oklahoma, California, and Maryland. The full report (below) on program implementation discusses these findings in more detail.
Meckstroth, A., Barry, M., Keating, B., Kisker, E., & Andrews, K. (2014). Addressing teen pregnancy risks for youth living in out-of-home-care: Implementing POWER Through Choices 2010. Executive summary. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research Group.
The project implementation report, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., describes the first phase of the Power Through Choices Demonstration and Evaluation Project, including the structure, staffing, training, program delivery, and fidelity monitoring, along with feedback from the project staff, group home staff, and youth participants.