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Abt Associates designed and implemented a cluster-randomized study to estimate the impact of replicating TOP® on reducing sexual risk-taking behaviors among urban teens in Hennepin County. The study sample consists of 61 teachers randomized within 24 schools to the treatment and control conditions, and 1,644 consented youth assigned to those teachers. Youth are surveyed three times: at baseline, before the intervention begins for the treatment group; 12 months after the baseline survey (short-term impacts) and 24 months after the baseline survey (longer-term impacts). The youth sample is 55% female, 31% African American, 24% white, 17% Hispanic, with a mean age of 14 years. Approximately 24% were sexually experienced at baseline. We use an intent-to-treat (ITT) analysis to examine the impact of offering eligible youth the opportunity to participate in TOP®on sexual risk-taking behaviors.
This presentation will include a brief overview of the intervention as implemented in Hennepin County, and focus on (1) the extent to which implementers maintained fidelity to the model; (2) key findings from the analysis of short-term impacts; and (3) a discussion of where this study fits in the context of six other replications of TOP® funded by OAH. The findings from this study will generate new evidence about the generalizability of TOP’s effectiveness in settings different from those in which it was originally tested, provide updated information about its effectiveness, and expand the evidence base about TOP® and youth development programs generally.