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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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.

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.

RTR Works!

RTR Works!

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.

San Francisco Wellness Initiative Evaluation

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

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

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. 

Student Perspectives of the Community College Pathway to a Computer Science Bachelor's Degree: Challenges to and Strategies for Navigating Transfer

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)

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

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)

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. 

Continuous Program Improvement Tool Kit

TPP Continuous Program Improvement Tool Kit

As part of this project funded by the California Office of Maternal and Child Health, ETR developed the Continuous Program Improvement (CPI) Tool Kit, which provided a framework for TPP agencies to use a systematic process and standardized tools for assessing selected aspects of their programs, with the goal of identifying and making program improvements. 

Understanding Self-Identity LGBTQ Supplement for Reducing the Risk

Understanding Self-Identity LGBTQ Supplement for Reducing the Risk

Developed in collaboration with the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Education, this supplemental curriculum lesson was designed to address the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in classrooms implementing the Reducing the Risk evidence-based intervention, while maintaining fidelity to the program.

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Wellness Integrated Services Hub (WISH)

Wellness Integrated Services Hub (WISH)

ETR is developing an online service documentation system for the Wellness Initiative, which operates school-based health centers in twenty public high schools in San Francisco. Based on a two year process of talking to service providers, the WISH system supports the accurate documentation of services provided at the individual student level. WISH also includes innovative functionalities that support service coordination and prioritization. WISH also creates opportunities for evaluation research that assesses the impact of services on key indicators of academic performance using propensity score matching approaches to outcome analysis.

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