Reducing the Risk
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A 16-session curriculum to reduce risky sexual behavior by teaching adolescents about reproductive anatomy, risk behaviors and consequences, abstinence, and the use of condoms and birth control to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy.
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 sessions, in which participants provide their own transportation costs, are usually $975 per participant and last 3 days. 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/reducing-the-risk/
A basic curriculum set for a single classroom (1 facilitator guide, activity kit, pamphlets and 30 student workbooks) costs $249.99. Additional student workbooks average $3 each.
An enhanced set that includes additional classroom posters, a DVD on how to use a condom and the LGBTQ Supplement costs $349.99.
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 30 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 a maximum of 30 youth.
Time to Deliver Intervention: The program includes 16 modules (13 hours total) which are typically delivered in two sessions or may be delivered over an extended period as lessons in school.
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 site to site, based on what kind of evaluation is desired/required.
Ongoing License Fees
Year One Cost Example
In this example, a youth-serving agency sends one staff person to a Regional Training of Educators to be trained as a facilitator of the Reducing the Risk program. The facilitator delivers four rounds of the program during the first year to groups of 30 youth each.
With one facilitator delivering 4 sessions to 30 youth each, the program would serve 120 youth in Year One and the cost per youth would be $20.79.
If an agency chooses to hire outside facilitators, additional expenses for salaries would need to be considered.