The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Personal Responsibility and Education Prevention Project

Status: current

Research Purpose: The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Personal Responsibility and Education Prevention (GR TPREP) Project is funded by a grant from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families – Family and Youth Services Bureau. The purpose of GR TPREP is to reduce teenage pregnancy by emphasizing both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases using curricula that are best or promising practices. Project implementation also includes adulthood preparation through healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, education & career success, and healthy life skills (e.g., goal setting & decision making). The evaluation of this project includes both a national cross-site as well as local evaluation components.

Project Design: There is a national cross-site evaluation that will collect information across grantee sites on several measures, such as the extent of risky sexual behavior, age of onset of sexual activity, abstinence, etc.

The local evaluation component is highly collaborative in nature. The first activity involves the evaluator working with Tribal youth prevention staff to design, implement, and analyze a community needs assessment to assure choosing an appropriate sexual health curriculum for youth. Secondly, after program staff select an evidence-based curriculum and identify other program components, the evaluator will work to plan an evaluation of the program that is as burden free and utilization-focused as possible. The local evaluation will use a mixed methods design. Qualitative methods include key stakeholder interviews, observations, and participation in key events and project meetings, documentation and program feedback. Specific prevention curricula will utilize pre- and post-survey design. The evaluation will look at changes over time, including increased awareness, education, behavior change and, potentially, the expansion of culturally appropriate sexual health and wellness resources.

Funding Source: Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Start Date: April 2012

Project Team

Principal Investigator

Tamara Perkins, Ph.D.

Project Director

Anna Malsch, Ph.D.

Research Analyst

Timothy Ho, Ph.D.