Promoting Health Among Teens - Abstinence-Only Intervention
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
An 8-hour abstinence-based education program to reduce risky sexual behavior for African American youth by providing information on sexual risks and helping teens build negotiation, refusal, and problem solving skills for practicing abstinence.
Initial Training and Technical Assistance
ETR recommends that facilitators receive research-based professional development to prepare them to effectively implement and replicate the curriculum with fidelity for the intended target group. Regional Training of Educators 2-day sessions, in which participants provide their own transportation costs, are $1534 per participant. The fee includes training ($975) and required materials for facilitation, the facilitator guide and student workbooks ($559). ETR also provides onsite training. Implementing agencies are encouraged to submit a Training & TA Request Form for information on pricing: http://www.etr.org/solutions/professional-development/training-ta-request-form/
Curriculum and Materials
ETR provides a budget calculator on its Program Success Center website page for each program: http://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/promoting-health-among-teens-abstinence-only/
A curriculum set for a single classroom (1 facilitator guide and 30 student workbooks) costs $559 and is included in the initial training expense. Additional student workbooks average $3 each.
Other Start-Up Costs
It is important to plan for a sufficient number of facilitators to keep the youth groups small and interactive. One facilitator for every 12 youth is the recommended maximum.
Space for program delivery must also be considered. If an agency cannot provide space in its own facility or use other donated space, rental fees may be necessary.
Intervention Implementation Costs
Ongoing Curriculum and Materials
Once all facilitators have their manuals, the only ongoing curriculum costs are the student workbooks. These can be purchased in sets of 5 ($15) or 30 ($90). Bulk discounts can be negotiated with the publisher.
Qualifications: There are no specific qualifications required for facilitators. Facilitators are typically youth development workers, school counselors or health educators with a minimum four-year college degree.
Ratios: One facilitator delivers the program to 12 youth.
Time to Deliver Intervention: The program includes eight one-hour modules which are typically delivered in two sessions.
Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs
Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance
ETR offers Training of Trainers sessions for seasoned program facilitators that will qualify them to train other educators in delivery of the program. Regional TOT sessions, in which participants provide their own transportation costs, average $2500 per participant.
ETR can provide technical assistance in various formats. Implementing agencies are encouraged to submit a Training & TA Request Form for information on pricing: http://www.etr.org/solutions/professional-development/training-ta-request-form/
Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation
These will vary greatly by site, based on what kind of evaluation is desired/required.
Ongoing License Fees
Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs
Other Cost Considerations
Year One Cost Example
In this example, an agency sends one staff person to a Regional Training of Educators to be trained as a facilitator of the Promoting Health Among Teens-Abstinence Only program. The facilitator delivers six rounds of the program during the first year to groups of 12 youth each.
With one facilitator delivering 6 sessions to 12 youth each, the program would serve 72 youth in Year One and the cost per youth would be $37.
If an agency chooses to hire outside facilitators, additional expenses for salaries would need to be considered.