ETR can support your organization or project in numerous ways to best fulfill your goals. Whether you need short-term capacity-building assistance, customized trainings, program evaluations, full-scale research projects, technical assistance clearinghouses, or high-quality print and digital resources, we can help. Please review our core competencies to learn more about our areas of expertise.
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In this longitudinal study, we study the role of relationships in children’s development. The focus is on Latino students, who underperform in mathematics; it fills a gap in research on how relationships with parents and teachers shape math achievement and attitudes such as perceived competence and the value attached to learning math. Participants include 300 mother-child-teacher triads who will complete surveys at four time points, starting in 5th grade. Read more >>
MCAH funds local Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Programs throughout the state to utilize a variety of approaches and strategies to reduce rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, assist adolescents in accessing clinical services, and influence programming with the intent of improving the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of California’s adolescents. The programs are categorized as I&E (Information and Evaluation) and PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program).
The NSRT project consolidated work funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service to assist the expanding work of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, VISTA, and Learn and Serve America programs that support the millions of volunteers of all ages working in thousands of organizations and educational settings across the country. Project staff managed and developed the services provided by ETR’s long-standing projects, including the VISTA Campus and Online Learning Center.
ETR serves as evaluator on two federally-funded project operated by the Oakland Unified School District. First, ETR manages the administration of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey in High Schools, coordinating survey appointment scheduling, providing trained survey proctors, monitoring overall survey completion, and assembling materials for delivery to the CDC. On the second project, ETR serves as evaluator to the Districts CDC-funded HIV Prevention Program to accomplish data collection and analysis requirements of the program.
ETR serves as the external evaluator to our partner Children's Hospital of Los Angeles on Proiect Legacy. Project Legacy is an adaptation of Project AIM (Adult Identity Monitoring) for homeless youth. Project AIM is a group level intervention based on the Theory of Possible Selves, which proposes that individuals are motivated in their present life by mental images of possible future selves, and that a person’s motivation is determined by a balance of positive and negative ways people see themselves in the future. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will develop the adapted program and will be evaluated among homeless youth age 15-19 in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties.
ETR conducts research that informs faculty and administrators at 2-year colleges on how to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities who persist in the field of computer science and information and communications technologies. We recently completed a longitudinal study of over 700 students enrolled in an introductory programming class at 15 community colleges in California, with results that provide much-needed data on three widely held assumptions about gender differences in pathways to computer science majors.
With funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research, ETR designed a study to assess the effects of two theoretically based intervention components aimed at promoting relationship development as an avenue for reducing sexual risk-taking behaviors: (1) a skills- and norms-based HIV, other STI, and pregnancy prevention curriculum that focuses on relationships and related behaviors that may affect disease risk; and (2) a school-wide social norms component that features peer-led activities to permeate the school environment with pro-social norms regarding healthy relationships. The program was evaluated to determine its efficacy in altering behavioral intentions and sexual risk-taking behaviors.
Video games are intrinsically motivating—they capture the increasing amounts of peoples’ time and focus. This project aims to design and test new interactive experiences that leverage the intrinsic motivation of video games by dynamically combining gameplay and narrative. To this end, the team at UC Santa Cruz aims to develop the first successful scenario generator, and use it to create a game on climate change. The ETR team will study the effects of narrative and gameplay responsiveness and variation on user experience, particularly engagement, motivation, and learning.
ETR developed and evaluated an online training program to help teachers implement Reducing the Risk with fidelity. This program recruited over 200 teachers across the United States, and used teacher pre- and post-surveys, implementation logs, interviews, in-person observations, and audio observations to measure fidelity.
Safer Choices, a school-based intervention to reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors among high school adolescents, was funded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was conducted in collaboration with the University of Texas at Houston Center for Health Promotion. Study results suggest Safer Choices produced numerous statistically and programmatically significant effects on sexual-specific psychosocial variables and sexual risk-taking behaviors through the 31-month follow-up.