Missouri Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Enters Eighth Year

Kristi Ressel
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Since 2011, the Institute of Public Policy has contracted with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to serve as external evaluators for the Missouri Teen Pregnancy Prevention (MOTPP) program. In an ongoing effort to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Missouri, DHSS has awarded funding for pregnancy prevention programming to the state’s highest-risk counties. The contractors in these counties implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programming focusing on the prevention of pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents. The funds are divided between the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE).
Each year, the Institute conducts a four-part evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention grant recipients: a process evaluation, a fidelity evaluation, an outcome evaluation, and a community capacity evaluation. The evaluation of MOTPP Year Seven was completed September 30, 2018.

DHSS uses the annual evaluation report to monitor program success and to help make program improvements where needed. During the seventh year of programming, 19 contractors implemented 113 programs and served 1,075 youth in Missouri. MOTPP is currently in its eighth program year, which began August 1, 2018, and will end July 31, 2019.

The Institute of Public Policy continues to provide technical assistance and evaluation services for these programs to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. For previous implementation, these pregnancy prevention programs have provided sexual health education to thousands of teens in Missouri and have had a significant impact on sexual health knowledge gain and intention to use safe sex practices for high-risk program participants.