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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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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.

SFUSD: School-Based HIV Prevention

The purpose of Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV Prevention Component 2 is to improve the health and well-being of our nation's youth by working with education and health agencies, and other organizations to reduce HIV, STD, teen pregnancy, and related risk behaviors among middle and high school students. ETR provides evaluation support to SFUSD who received funding for Component 2: School-Based HIV/STD Prevention, which includes evaluation of sexual health services, sexual health education, and safe and supportive environment indicators. ETR's evaluation activities include conducting pre/post-surveys of students before and after receiving a sexual health curriculum and youth development groups at school, pre/post-surveys of professional development events for educators, survey of sexual health education curriculum implementation, and tracking technical assistance provided to educators.

SFUSD: Wellness Policy

SFUSD's Wellness Policy provides all schools with a framework to actively promote the health and wellness of students, staff, and families. ETR supports SFUSD’s Wellness Policy program by evaluating student behavior data related to nutrition and physical activity. In addition, ETR collects and analyzes self-reported data on teacher modeling healthy eating and active living behaviors in the classroom. ETR also supports strategic planning to identify and drive equitable programming that will increase healthy eating and physical activity among students.

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. 

SFUSD: Youth Risk Behavior Survey

ETR serves as subcontractor for SFUSD to complete its CDC Grant Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV Prevention (CDC-RFA-PS18-1807) Component 1: School-based Surveillance Specific. The purpose of this funding is to improve youth health and well-being of by working with educators, health agencies, and other organizations to reduce HIV, STD, teen pregnancy, and related risk behaviors among middle and high school students. In this partnership, ETR coordinates Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) administration, conducts data analysis, and disseminates survey results to key stakeholders. In addition, ETR administers the School Health Profiles survey to principals and lead health educators at SFUSD middle and high schools to assess school health policies and practices.

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. 



TransCONNECT is a digital training and social franchising program that offers medical providers capacity and competence building in caring for transgender and non-binary patients, with a focus of youth 16-25 years of age. The program offers education on transgender and non-binary gender identities, cultural humility, trans & non-binary experiences in healthcare settings, HIV care and prevention, and best practices when working with marginalized identities. This digital training targets medical and HIV care providers and the transgender, non-binary and gender expansive community. TransCONNECT was designed using a youth-centered health design process, where the voice of the trans community and providers who work in trans healthcare and specialize in HIV care and prevention are present. TransCONNECT is aimed at uniting marginalized patients and inclusive providers; continually working towards an overarching goal of non-stigmatized care.

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.

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.

West Contra Costa Unified School District (K12T9)

ETR provides consultation, technical assistance, and evaluation services to the District’s Office of Educational Equity to support their efforts to continually enhance their responses to sexual and/or gender-based harassment in compliance with Title IX.

Working to Institutionalize Sexuality Education (WISE)

Working to Institutionalize Sexuality Education (WISE)

WISE helps to organize and mobilize school and community leaders with the goals of implementing and sustaining effective sexual health education practices for youth. Regional Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Networks provide school districts with peer support and partnerships with community-based organizations, which has empowered school districts to make significant improvements to their CSE programs and acquire much-needed resources. ETR offered technical assistance to help districts develop and assess their partnerships, through an evaluation comprised of surveys and interviews that looked at district success in developing and maintaining partnerships and the role the WISE project played.

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