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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A Coordinated, Cross-Institutional Career and Technical Education Cybersecurity Pathway

A Coordinated, Cross-Institutional Career and Technical Education Cybersecurity Pathway

This Research-Practice partnership is a collaboration between Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Digital NEST, Cabrillo College, and Education, Training, Research. The goal is to strengthen, connect, and expand existing efforts to increase the number of Latinx students who enter and stay on a path to computer information systems (CIS) at a community college and the workforce.

Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative (APHI)

Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative (APHI) is a CDPH-driven initiative that strives to improve access, utilization, and quality of adolescent preventive healthcare statewide. The collaborative framework that drives, guides, and sustains this initiative focuses on enhancing communications, coordination and collaboration across CDPH programs and with external stakeholders engaged in promoting adolescent health priorities in California. ETR’s YTHI is a key partner in this effort with the main task of developing the framework and building a communications platform to facilitate cross-sector and cross-program collaboration.

The Community College Information Technology Study

The Community College Information Technology Study

The Community College Information Technology (CCIT) is a longitudinal study, focused on two-year colleges in California that serve 2.7 million students each year. Previous research on community college (CC) students’ enrollment and persistence in Information Technology (IT) courses/programs is limited or has not focused exclusively on CC students.

Computing for the Social Good: A Research-Practice Partnership to Increase Equity among Students and Parents

Computing for the Social Good: A Research-Practice Partnership to Increase Equity among Students and Parents

This project is a collaboration between Santa Cruz City Schools, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, and Education, Training, Research (ETR), with additional researchers from Stanford University and the University of California. The funds will be used to motivate, prepare and support teachers to integrate equity-oriented computer science into core curriculum with supports for English language development; Develop a K-8 pathway that attracts students and families by preparing them to be citizens who use CS for the social good; Build family engagement and competence through computer literacy and leadership activities, and Grow our Research-Practice Partnership.

ENGAGE- Enabling Girls to Advance Gender Equity

ENGAGE- Enabling Girls to Advance Gender Equity

Led by Rise Up, ENGAGE is an innovative approach to ending early marriage and enabling Malawian girls to finish school. Through deep community consultations with young girls, boys and traditional authorities in Malawi, YTH discovered how mobile technology can be used to educate and support young people and adults to prevent child marriage. The outcome was a text message campaign to reach young girls with information on local laws and other life skills including sexual and reproductive health.

Evolve: A National HIV E-learning Training Center

ETR is one of 17 organizations awarded a grant under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new program, PS19-1904: Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration. The program is designed to support the proposed new federal initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, by strengthening the capacity and improving the nation’s HIV prevention workforce.

Extra Innings: Using Serious Games and the Science of Baseball to Teach Science and Mathematics

Extra Innings: Using Serious Games and the Science of Baseball to Teach Science and Mathematics

ETR is working with dfusion inc. and the Science of Sport to develop and evaluate a serious gaming app that complements the Science of Baseball curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

Impactathons: Student-Led Peer-to-Peer Learning in Community Social-Change Technology Projects

Impactathons: Student-Led Peer-to-Peer Learning in Community Social-Change Technology Projects

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a project led by the University of California, Santa Cruz. The goal is to understand the effectiveness of student-led, peer-to-peer learning in applied social change settings, for overcoming barriers to effectively learning and using digital technologies for historically marginalized populations.

In the Know

Funded by the HHS Personal Responsibility Education Innovation Strategies Program (PREIS), In the Know (ITK) combines existing, in-person, group-based, comprehensive sexual health education with wraparound digital technologies. This enables reinforcement of key messages and skills while providing real-time information and referrals to local services and resources. In partnership with Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and Fresno Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC), the team implements youth-centered health design methodology to develop curriculum and web-based wraparound technologies that focus on four main areas: sexual health and contraceptive use, healthy relationships, educational and career development, and life skills.

Leveling the Field: Increasing the Preparedness and Belonging of Underrepresented Community College Students in Computing

Leveling the Field: Increasing the Preparedness and Belonging of Underrepresented Community College Students in Computing

ETR has partnered with Las Positas College in Livermore, CA to develop and test an intensive intervention open to students enrolled in introductory computer science the following semester. The program is designed to increase the confidence and preparation of community college students traditionally underrepresented in computer science. Our goal is to grow the success and retention of these students in computer science classes.

LIYT (Leadership + Innovation + Youth + Technology)

The goal of this project is to stimulate and support youth- driven and youth-centered innovation for increasing access and utilization of HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services by identifying, supporting and co-creating solutions with youth living with or affected by HIV. Selected participants will receive a mini grant of up to $5000.

This is a 12-month mentorship innovator program that connects youth to health and tech professionals to co-build and harness their wisdom, resilience and creativity to be authentic in their work.

Oregon Reminders

Oregon Reminders

Oregon Reminders is a mobile health (mHealth) program that provides a private, secure way for people to set their own health reminders, created in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

By visiting OregonReminders.org, Oregonians can sign up for reminder messages and health tips via text, email, or voice messages. Oregon Reminders is free and confidential. Users can easily customize the frequency or content of their reminders to suit their medical needs. In 2020, Oregon Reminders will offer condom delivery and content in Spanish. YTH Initiative has led this work since 2012. YTH Initiative manages the content development, message dissemination, and marketing efforts for Oregon Reminders.

PrEPTECH

PrEPTECH

PrEPTECH, an online program and research study, is an integrated tech approach to increasing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among young gay and bisexual men. In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration approved daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis medication to prevent HIV infection in high-risk individuals, which offered a unique opportunity to curb the rising incidence of HIV infection in high-risk groups, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM).

Working closely with the community, YTH co-designed the PrEPTECH online web program to support the uptake and adherence of PrEP, while allowing users to bypass many of the barriers related to stigma, discrimination, and access. The multisite study aims to evaluate the PrEPTECH online program, and provide important PrEP access and care to a variety of community members including young gay and bisexual men, adolescents and transgender women.

Sustainability in STEM

Sustainability in STEM

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a project led by Cabrillo College. The goal is to develop and revise key STEM curricula to infuse content and resources related to environmental sustainability and to develop/pilot student-centered services that promote STEM success, persistence, degree completion, and transfer.

Increasing Active Support for LGBTI People and Building Personal Resiliency: A Workshop for Activists

A Workshop for Activists

In partnership with the American Psychological Association (APA) and an iPsyNet (international psychology network for LGBTI issues) core team, ETR led a process to design a skill-building training titled Increasing Active Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex People (LGBTQI) and Building Personal Resiliency: A Workshop for Human Rights Activists. The target population for the learning process includes 1) psychologists and other similar professionals and 2) human rights workers/LGBTQI community activists.

Considering input and data shared by the core team from their respective sites (South Africa, the Philippines, and the U.S), and using ETR's Design for Learning process, the team created a comprehensive, interactive, one-day training design to support activists in assessing strategies for supporting LGBTQI people and in building resiliency for the activist. The one-day training includes the following components: 1) identifying strategies for supporting LGBTI people; 2) assessing and refining strategies; 3) planning for action; and 4) strategies for activist self-care and resiliency. Training materials include a detailed training design, participant handouts, and a facilitator's guide.

ZonaSegura

ZonaSegura

With support from the World Bank and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Led by YTH, in partnership with GOJoven Honduras and the Public Health Institute's (PHI) GOJoven International Program, this project aims to prevent teen dating violence (TDV) through provision of prevention information, healthy relationship education, and geo-location linkage to TDV services and resources. ZonaSegura leverages the high rates of mobile phone usage among young women and girls (YWG) and men and boys (YMB) ages 14-19 in Honduras to assist them in overcoming individual and structural barriers to accessing rights-based and gender-sensitive TDV prevention information and services.

About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth

About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth

ETR was awarded a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program grant from the Family & Youth Services Bureau to refine and evaluate a relationships-based program called About Us. About Us is an innovative intervention that draws on developmental neuroscience principles to support young people in exploring and developing healthy romantic relationships and using condoms and highly effective contraceptives if having sex. ETR has partnered with the California School-Based Health Alliance to implement About Us in school-based health centers located in rural or suburban counties in California with large Hispanic populations. The evaluation is being conducted by Dr. Eric Walsh-Buhi and his team from the Graduate School of Public Health/ Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at San Diego State University. 

AIM 4 Teen Moms

AIM 4 Teen Moms

ETR is serving as external evaluator of CHLA’s adaptation of Project AIM for teen moms. AIM 4 Teen Moms is an individualized intervention for teen moms age 15-19 with one child between the ages of 1 and 7 months. It includes 7 one-on-one sessions in the teen’s home and 2 group sessions. The evaluation is an individual level randomized controlled trial that includes a baseline, 12-month, 24-month, and 36-month survey administered via an audio computer assisted interview (ACASI). ETR successfully recruited 950 teens for participation in the study. The 12-month follow-up rate was 85% and 24-month is running at more than 80%.

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.

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