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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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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