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.

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Communities Energized for Health (CEH)

Communities Energized for Health (CEH)

The CEH (Communities Energized for Health) project addresses exposure to secondhand smoke where Californians live, work, and play. Objective 1, the primary objective of this project: The Yolo County Public Housing Authority Commission with jurisdiction over public housing in the cities of Esparto, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodland, Knights Landing, and unincorporated Yolo County (all serving a predominantly low socio-economic populations) will adopt and implement legislated policies designating all indoor and outdoor common areas and 100% of individual units (including balconies and patios) in multi-unit housing (MUH) complexes, as entirely smoke-free, with the option of including designated smoking areas at least 25 feet from any entrance or windows.

Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP)

Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP)

ETR’s Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP) works to strengthen the capacity of the HIV workforce to plan, implement, and sustain community high-impact HIV prevention interventions and strategies. We support prevention with HIV positive individuals, high-risk negative individuals, and Organizational Development and Management to community-based organizations. CISP applies a blended learning approach driven by the Adult Learning Theory to ensure all CBA is effectively addressed in this way.

Computer Game Programming Classes for Children

Computer Game Programming Classes for Children

ETR has developed, implemented and analyzed studies of over 800 middle school students in computer game programming classes, including developing and testing curriculum and pedagogical approaches for using game programming to teach computational concepts, and testing a range of strategies to assess learning. A systematic synthesis of research on what children learn from computer game programming was begun in fall of 2014.

Computer Science for the Social Good: Using Near-Peers to Engage Latino/a Students

Computer Science for the Social Good: Using Near-Peers to Engage Latino/a Students

Latinos are the fasting growing ethnic minority population in the US, but are underrepresented in computing fields. In this project, we are designing and testing an afterschool program that aims to increase the interest and capacity of Latino youth to pursue and persist in computing fields, and build their capacity to transform their schools. Read more >>

DASH Professional Learning Collaborative (PLC)

DASH Professional Learning Collaborative (PLC)

ETR was awarded a 5-year contract to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) support for professional development (PD) and capacity building assistance to DASH-funded State Education Agencies (SEA) and Local Education Agencies (LEA) in order to strengthen the approaches required under the 1308 cooperative agreement. We have named this contract the DASH Professional Learning Collaborative or PLC for short. The PD team at ETR is referred to as the PLC Core Team.

The Digital NEST: Building Pathways to Computing Education and Careers for Latino/a Youth

The Digital NEST: Building Pathways to Computing Education and Careers for Latino/a Youth

This project aims to identify effective strategies that community technology centers can use to prepare, support and motivate underserved high school students to pursue and persist in computer science courses and careers. This is a partnership between ETR and a community technology center called the Digital NEST that prepares Latino/a high school students for the tech workforce. 

Digitally Blending HIV Prevention for Heightened Impact (Blended RTR or BRTR)

Digitally Blending HIV Prevention for Heightened Impact (Blended RTR or BRTR)

In this Phase I SBIR project, dfusion with its research partner, Education Training and Research (ETR), will establish the technical merit and feasibility of producing and using a “blended” learning version of Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD and HIV (RTR) for 14-18 year olds. A modernized delivery model will be used that capitalizes on recent trends, such as blended learning and technological advances to enhance students’ motivation and perceived relevancy, yielding stronger and more lasting impact. The Blended RTR prototype will use a flipped classroom approach and include traditional RTR classroom-based activities and new transposed online activities (InstaRTR activities) to be completed by youth as online assignments, outside of the classroom.

Draw the Line/Respect the Line

Draw the Line/Respect the Line

ETR collaborated with the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies on an intervention study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health called Draw the Line, Respect the Line. The study involved the development, implementation and evaluation of a culturally appropriate HIV-prevention intervention aimed at middle school youth, with a special emphasis on Latinos. Results suggest the intervention was successful in delaying the onset of sexual activity among boys as well as improving most psychosocial variables measured.

Evaluations of Promising Prevention Programs and Coordinated School Health Programs

Evaluations of Promising Prevention Programs and Coordinated School Health Programs

ETR provided rapid evaluation technical assistance to agencies funded by the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health to implement innovative health programs, including nutrition, physical activity and HIV prevention programs. Staff worked with selected sites to provide assistance in the development of evaluation plans, data collection, data analysis and synthesis, and dissemination of findings.

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) National Training & Technical Assistance Provider for PREP

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) National Training & Technical Assistance Provider for PREP

In partnership with RTI, ETR provided training, technical assistance and annual meeting planning services to support the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grantees. ETR was a lead technical advisor to over 100 state and tribal agencies and community-based organizations funded by FYSB to educate young people toward preventing pregnancy and STD via implementation of evidence-based sexual education programs. Staff designed and delivered both online and in-person trainings and technical assistance to increase knowledge and skills to implement and sustain PREP.

Gents: Empowering Young African American Men

Gents: Empowering Young African American Men

ETR was awarded an innovation sub-grant from Texas A&M as a part of the Office of Adolescent Health innovation funding to develop a sexual health module implemented as part of a mentoring program for African American young men. The sexual health module promotes topics such as healthy relationships, respect, sexual consent, correct and consistent use of condoms, supporting a partner’s use of highly effective birth control, sexual boundaries, and empowering young men to make informed choices to navigate sexual risk in light of future goals. ETR has partnered with the Oakland Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, the largest black fraternity in the country and developer of the mentoring program, to inform, develop and provide feedback on the module.

Inaccuracies in Self-Report Measures of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviors

Inaccuracies in Self-Report Measures of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviors

Self-report measures of adolescent sexual behaviors are essential for monitoring risk and evaluating prevention program effectiveness, yet relatively little is known about the accuracy of these measures across developmental stages and demographic groups. This R03 research project will provide new information about the rates of inconsistencies, by types (e.g., “yes” to ever had sex at baseline survey and “no” at 12-month follow-up) and across demographic subgroups, in adolescents’ self-reported sexual behaviors using data from four large longitudinal studies of the effectiveness of HIV/STI/pregnancy prevention programs for high-risk youth. It also seeks to contribute new information about the impact of removing different types of inconsistent cases on study power and generalizability. Finally, it will identify subgroups of youth with whom to explore, in a future study, reasons behind and potential remedies to inconsistent reporting of sexual behaviors.

Informal Learning in Computer Science: Social and Conceptual Factors Related to Women's Persistence

Informal Learning in Computer Science: Social and Conceptual Factors Related to Women's Persistence

This study focuses on women who are technologically savvy system administrators on the Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) cloud-based software platform, who are gathering informal resources such as online tutorials, books and online forums or blogs in order to teach themselves to code and who are forming women-only virtual coaching and learning groups to help them in their learning. The study will use an ethnographic approach to better understand both the social and conceptual barriers to and supports for these women in their quest to learn to code, in order to find ways to develop more effective resources for adult CS learners in the workplace.

Intentional Advocacy in the South

Intentional Advocacy in the South

Intentional Advocates is made possible by GILEAD Sciences funding and their commitment to the sustainability of community-based organizations in the South via advocacy and capacity-building. The goal of Intentional Advocates (IA) is to support & ready members of the Southern HIV/ AIDs prevention & care workforce for advocacy specific strategic positioning.

It's Your Game: Keep It Real Replication Study

It's Your Game: Keep It Real Replication Study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation and impact of “It’s Your Game: Keep It Real” (IYG), an evidenced-based middle school program featuring a 24-session multi-component intervention for 7th and 8th grades (12 50-minute sessions each year) in new schools and using trained educators to deliver the program. IYG’s goal is to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by delaying the initiation of sex (primary emphasis) and increasing condom use and reducing the number of sexual partners (secondary emphases). ETR serves as the independent evaluator sub-contracted by the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, which was awarded funding by the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health. Read more >>

Keep It Real South Carolina

Keep It Real South Carolina

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation and impact of “It’s Your Game: Keep It Real” (IYG), an evidenced-based middle school program featuring a 24-session multi-component intervention for 7th and 8th grades (12 50-minute sessions each year) in a new region. IYG’s goal is to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by delaying the initiation of sex (primary emphasis) and increasing condom use and reducing the number of sexual partners (secondary emphases). ETR serves as the independent evaluator sub-contracted by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, which was awarded funding by the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health. Read more >>

Making Healthy Decisions Evaluation

Making Healthy Decisions Evaluation

ETR partners with Carnegie Mellon University and West Virginia University as the external evaluator of Making Healthy Decisions, a study that is testing the impact of an after-school blended-learning program for girls ages 14-19. The sexual health program (called Your Move) will be rigorously evaluated using a group randomized control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention on self-reported sexual behaviors over a nine-month longitudinal follow-up. Outcomes will be compared to a control group that receives an attention control intervention focused on healthy eating (called Eat Smart).  

Math Pathways: A Longitudinal, Dyadic Study of Parent-Child Influence in Latino Families

Math Pathways: A Longitudinal, Dyadic Study of Parent-Child Influence in Latino Families

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 Statewide TPP Training and Evaluation Project

MCAH Statewide TPP Training and Evaluation Project

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).

National Service Resources and Training (NSRT)

National Service Resources and Training (NSRT)

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. 

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