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Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Programming
Programs may inadvertently remind participants of adverse experiences, and this may have a re-traumatizing effect. That's one reason so many people are calling for a "trauma-informed approach" to programs that involve sensitive topics. Find resources for trauma-informed program planning here:

WebToolkit: Youth Program Planning

Is your SRAE program inclusive of all children? Find ways to assess and address bias as well as strategies for creating inclusive environments here:

WebInclusiveness: Building Stronger Connections

A Note about Food
SRAE projects may serve food and beverages to program participants but must follow the guidelines below.

PDFGuidelines for Healthy Food and Beverages for Adolescent Health Programs

SRAE Component 1: Evidence-Based Programs

Delivering evidence-based programs (EBPs) effectively is rarely simple. However, high quality implementation is within reach. ACT for Youth has provided technical assistance (TA) and evaluation for NYSDOH-funded programs implementing EBPs for nearly ten years. Your ACT for Youth TA/Evaluation Support Team (PDF) is available to guide you through the process.

SRAE projects provide sexual risk avoidance education using one of the following EBPs:

Getting Started with Evidence-Based Programs

If you're new to implementing evidence-based programs (EBPs), you'll find we put a great deal of emphasis on fidelity: implementing the program as it was designed. That is because while all EBPs have been evaluated and found to be effective, we don't know specifically which content, teaching strategies, and implementation factors make the program effective. If we want to see positive outcomes, we can't improvise because we might be tampering with the "recipe" that makes the program work. That is why it is important to deliver the program as developed, staying true to its core components. Doing this successfully requires considerable planning and preparation.

More information:

WebPlanning for Evidence-Based Programming

WordEBP Implementation Plan Template

Organizational Readiness

Organizational readiness is vital for successful implementation. If upper-level administrators, coordinators, and frontline educators alike do not understand why the project was funded, the project's implementation goals, and the demands of implementation with fidelity and quality, they are unlikely to support successful implementation. The checklist below outlines key points and recommendations with regard to organizational support/readiness, and can also be used as an assessment tool.

WordOrganizational Support Checklist

Implementation Team

ACT for Youth highly recommends establishing an implementation team, which is identified as a best practice in implementation science literature. The purpose of the implementation team is to guide and monitor the implementation process. With the right people on board, the implementation team brings together special expertise and perspectives regarding evidence-based programming, implementation strategies, organizational capacity, performance management, and community engagement. The team can greatly strengthen the efforts of project staff.

Team membership should include but go beyond project staff (SRAE coordinators and educators). In addition to project staff and an agency administrator, it will be extremely helpful to enlist one or two community stakeholders who can bring a community perspective to the implementation team and promote community engagement.

Training for Educators

ACT for Youth will provide educator training for each of the SRAE EBPs. The training schedule is emailed to the SRAE contact list. Questions about training can be directed to Jutta Dotterweich.

ACT for Youth developed an online course as a resource for EBP educators. Designed originally for comprehensive sexual health educators, the course is nevertheless relevant for SRAE educators implementing EBPs. Request a log-in using the form below.

WebImplementing Evidence-Based Programs: An Online Training for Educators

WebSRAE: Request log-in for online course

Recruiting and Retaining Participants

Recruiting and retaining youth in prevention programs can be difficult. Although challenges may vary from community to community, there are a few consistent issues that are critical and require advanced planning and action:
  • Is the program attractive? Do young people see its value and benefits?
  • Is the program accessible? Is it convenient and comfortable for participants?
  • Are the program implementers skilled in engaging and working with young people?
The resources below will help you plan your participant recruitment and retention efforts.

WordRecruitment of Program Participants: Planning Questions

PDFFive Strategies for Successful Recruitment and Retention (RAND Toolkit)

PDFStrategies for Recruiting and Retaining Participants in Prevention Programs

WebRecruitment, Retention, and Engagement

WordYouth Satisfaction Survey

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