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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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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.

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.

SafeStart Evaluation Project

Children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk for multiple negative outcomes. Exposure to domestic violence is correlated with a wide range of behavioral, social, psychological and school-related problems.

SAMHSA: Linking Adolescents at Risk to Mental Health Services & Supports

In September, 2005, ETR Associates received an “Adolescents at Risk” grant to study the methods used by the San Francisco Wellness Initiative Programs to identify and link high school students at risk of suicide to school- and/or community-based mental health services.

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.

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

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

The San Francisco Unified School District's (SFUSD) Student, Family, and Community Support Department (SFCSD) supports San Francisco youth and families through building school capacity to address students' health and wellness needs and working to achieve District-wide academic goals. Additionally, through its programs, services and curricula, SFCSD seeks to increase student achievement and pro-social student behaviors so all students can become high achieving and joyful learners.

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: California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

California Health Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide student survey of resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors, and school climate in the nation. This evaluation tool is used to help school districts meet Local Control Accountability Plan priorities to improve school climate, pupil engagement, parent involvement, and academic achievement. ETR coordinates CHKS survey administration with middle and high school students, analyzes survey responses, and disseminates results to key stakeholders to inform and improve program planning.

SFUSD: Foster Youth Services

The San Francisco Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) recognizes the school as a community of support for youth in foster care and focuses on supporting placement stability and permanence as a means to strengthen the resolve and ability of youth to complete their elementary and secondary education, obtain a high school diploma, and develop post-secondary educational and/or vocational goals. FYSCP works collaboratively with youth in foster care, their caregivers, schools, placing agencies, and other service providers. Youth in foster care are likely to suffer interruptions and gaps in their education due to abuse, neglect and/or violence in the family of origin; frequent changes of home and school placement; and/or emotional and behavioral problems. Youth in foster care may also lose their support systems as a result of transitions between placements and school settings.

SFUSD: Nutrition Education Project (NEP)

SFUSD’s Nutrition Education Project (NEP) has two primary objectives: 1) to educate children about the benefits of eating <em>fruits and vegetables every day</em> and being <em>physically active for 60 minutes a day</em> and 2) to empower classroom teachers and after school staff to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into classroom culture and lessons. ETR’s role is to administer NEP pretest and posttest surveys with elementary school students, analyze survey responses, and disseminate results to SFUSD. ETR also conducts a staff survey to assess implementation of nutrition lessons and resource needs. This work helps SFUSD identify NEP program successes and challenges.

SFUSD: Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF)

In 2004, San Francisco voters approved the ballot initiative Proposition H, establishing the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) as law. The City of San Francisco contributes to this fund annually to support education programs for San Francisco's youth. One-third of the PEEF fund is allocated to the City of San Francisco's Office of Early Care and Education for preschool support. The remaining two-thirds of the PEEF fund is allocated to the San Francisco Unified School District, which serves approximately 55,600 students across 136 schools. This fund ensures that every student has access to a nurse and/or social worker (nearly two-thirds of nurses and social workers who serve students in grades K-8 are funded by PEEF). ETR supports social workers and nurses in SFUSD's K-8 schools by monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on their service data, including direct student services, student group session, student focused meeting, and school wide activities.

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