Our Projects

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.

ETR's multidisciplinary teams are committed to the highest standards of quality in their respective fields.

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SafeStart Evaluation

As part of a national demonstration project funded by for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), ETR designed and implemented a 5-year evaluation of policy reforms and services for children exposed to domestic violence. We used surveys, interviews, focus groups, and structured observations to examine the impact of system change within San Francisco’s criminal justice system and newly-implemented services across six neighborhood-based family resource centers.

San Francisco Unified School District Student, Family & Community Support Evaluation

For over twenty years, ETR has served as the lead evaluation agency for the School Health Programs Office of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Student, Family & Community Support Department. We monitor and evaluate a wide-ranging portfolio of grant-funded programs and services focused on improving the health and well-being of the District’s 60,000 students. In 2013, topics included tobacco use prevention; youth in foster care; mentoring programs; online service documentation systems, alcohol use prevention and reduction; HIV/AIDS education; administration of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, nutrition and physical activity promotion; school nursing and social work services, school counseling, and asthma.

San Francisco Wellness Initiative

Since 2002, ETR has served as the evaluation partner for the Wellness Initiative, a highly-regarded system of school-based health and behavioral health clinics in sixteen of San Francisco’s public high schools. ETR conducts process and outcome evaluation for the initiative, measuring the impact of the Wellness Centers’ array of wraparound services and support on student health, emotional well-being, attendance and academic achievement. We use a range of evaluation methods, including online service documentation systems that connect service provision and academic performance data, to monitor and evaluate the initiative.

School Health Programs Evaluation Project

The San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) School Health Programs (SHP) Evaluation Project has contracted ETR for the past twenty years to evaluate the District’s school-based health education, prevention, and intervention programs. These programs, funded by federal, state, and local sources, cover critical areas of school-based health promotion. The current contract includes nineteen different evaluation projects.

SFUSD Young Men's Health Project Evaluation

ETR serves as the program evaluation agency for the San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Young Men’s Health Project, which pilots, implements, and evaluates programming for young men of color who have sex with men (YMSM). The goal of the SFUSD’s Young Men’s Health Project – funded by the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health – is to improve the health and safety of young men, increase student participation in comprehensive sexual health education, increase students’ access to and utilization of community based sexual health services, and decrease HIV/STD infections among young men. 

Spotlight on Smokeless (SOS) Tobacco Use Prevention Curriculum

This prevention curriculum on smokeless tobacco for middle school was aligned to the skills in the National Health Education Standards, and later expanded into a high school version focused on education and cessation for primary dissemination in Texas.

Student Perspectives of the Community College Pathway to a Computer Science Degree

The study aimed to understand the experiences and backgrounds of traditionally underrepresented students taking computer science classes in order to inform strategies to increase support and help students overcome barriers to persisting in CS.

Tecnología-Educación-Comunidad (TEC)

ETR helped to bridge the “digital career divide” for youth in rural communities through a community- and school-based program offering technology career pathways for girls and boys from grades 5 through 12. In addition to youth programming, TEC built the capacity of the families of the youth and the community to create a supportive network that encouraged youth to pursue technology interests and careers.

Title IX Consultation, Training, and Evaluation Project

The West Contra Costa Unified School District funds ETR to provide consulting, training, and evaluation services to the District’s Office of Educational Equity (OEE). The District is currently enhancing its capacity to eliminate, address, and prevent sexual and gender-based harassment. For this three year project, ETR is (1)providing expert consultation on improving district policies and procedures, (2) designing and implementing District-wide staff trainings, (3) evaluating the implementation of reforms and student outcomes, and (4) developing a unique online complaint management system.

Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC)

TECC supports educators and advocates in California and across the nation working to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco in their communities, by producing and distributing low-cost educational material covering tobacco use prevention, secondhand smoke exposure, and smoking cessation. Currently TECC offers over 550 current, high-quality, affordable products in a variety of formats for diverse audiences including: African American, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Labor, LGBT, Russian, teens and young adults, health educators and community advocates. TECC materials are reviewed for cultural, educational, and language needs of various populations and selected for the catalog based on recommendations by expert material review committees.