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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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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. 

Next Door to Silicon Valley: A Research-Practitioner Partnership to Address Disparities in Access and Expectations for Computer Science Education

Next Door to Silicon Valley: A Research-Practitioner Partnership to Address Disparities in Access and Expectations for Computer Science Education

This project is a collaboration between ETR, Santa Cruz City Schools, and the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. It will build a research-practitioner partnership to address the question: How do we reduce the disparity in students’ access to quality opportunities to learn computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) and ongoing support to persist in computer science?

Oakland Unified School District Evaluation Project

Oakland Unified School District Evaluation Project

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.

Project Legacy Evaluation

Project Legacy Evaluation

ETR serves as the external evaluator to our partner Children's Hospital of Los Angeles on Project 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. 

Promoting Diversity in the Computing Workforce with Community Colleges

Promoting Diversity in the Computing Workforce with Community Colleges

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.

Relationships, Sexual Norms and HIV Prevention Among African-American Youth (You-Me-Us)

Relationships, Sexual Norms and HIV Prevention Among African-American Youth (You-Me-Us)

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.

The Respect Workshop: Preventing Health Risks and Promoting Healthy Outcomes among LGBTQ Students

The Respect Workshop

Based on analysis of a formative evaluation, ETR training design specialists used ETR's science-based Design for Learning process to update and refine the American Psychological Association Respect Workshop: Preventing Health Risks and Promoting Healthy Outcomes among LGBTQ Students. The workshop was developed for pre-service and in-service professional development targeting middle and high school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and school social workers. The goal of the workshop is to enable school-based specialized support professionals to provide direct services and promote practices that encourage sexual health and responsibility among LGBTQ students. The learning process includes pre-work communications, a one-day training, and follow-up support guidance. Content for the learning process includes 1) foundational knowledge (terminology, addressing micro-aggressions), 2) data review (current data that support the need for supporting LGBTQ youth); 3) specific guidance for direct services that support LGBTQ youth; 4) skill practice; 5) promoting a protective school climate; and 6) taking action. Core elements used to guide the development of the training include the Theory of Planned Behavior, best practices for specialized support professionals, current empirical data and research findings related to LGBTQ youth, and science-based instructional design (ETR's Design for Learning process). The workshop was developed in consultation with representatives of the targeted professions, public health officials, and organizations with specialized expertise in addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth.

Responsive Generation of Intrinsically Motivating Scenarios

Responsive Generation of Intrinsically Motivating Scenarios

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.

SafeStart Evaluation

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.

Safer Choices

Safer Choices

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.

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

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.

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