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Updated Findings from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review: July 2014 Through August 2015

June 2016
This brief summarizes the findings from a recent update to an ongoing systematic review of research on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The update covers research published or released from July 2014 through August 2015.

Making Sense of Replication Studies: Guidance for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Researchers

May 2015
This research brief provides practical guidance for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of teen pregnancy prevention research, to help them navigate and make best use of findings from the growing number of replication studies in the field.

Improving the Rigor of Quasi-Experimental Impact Evaluations: Lessons for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Researchers

May 2015
This research brief presents information on three ways to reduce the risk of selection bias and improve the rigor of quasi-experimental impact evaluations, focusing specifically on evaluations of teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Updated Findings from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review: April 2013 Through July 2014

February 2015
This brief summarizes the findings from a recent update to an ongoing systematic review of research on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The update covers research published or released from April 2013 to July 2014.

Updated Findings from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review: January 2011 Through April 2013

July 2014
This brief summarizes the findings from a recent update to an ongoing systematic review of research on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The update covers research published or released from January 2011 to April 2013.

Using Effect Sizes to Inform Policy and Practice: Evidence from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review

May 2014
This research brief summarizes findings from an ongoing effort to collect and report program effect size information from studies included the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Evidence Review. Findings indicate substantial variation in effect sizes across programs, but also a clear need for improved standards and reporting of effect size information in teen pregnancy prevention research.

Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Associated Sexual Risk Behaviors: A Systematic Review

April 2013
This paper presents findings from an ongoing systematic review of research on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help support evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention. A total of 88 studies met the review criteria for study quality and were included in the analysis.

Using Systematic Reviews to Inform Policy Initiatives: Lessons from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review

November 2012
In fall 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a systematic review of the research literature on programs to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated sexual risk behaviors. Findings have been used to inform two new federal policy initiatives aimed at supporting evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention. This research brief highlights six key lessons from the review, intended to help the growing number of organizations and federal agencies considering similar policy-driven reviews.