The Coalition for Evidence Based Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC identified CAS-Carrera as meeting its “Top Tier” evidence of effectiveness.
A randomized controlled trial evaluation was conducted from 1997-2000 and follow-up surveys in 2001-2003 by Philliber Research Associates showed statistically significant outcomes, including:
- Female participants were 40% less likely to have ever been pregnant and 50% less likely to have ever given birth.
- Male participants showed substantial knowledge gains, greater use of medical care other than the emergency room, and higher rates of visits to reproductive health-care clinics and vaccination for hepatitis B.
- Males and female participants were 16% more likely to have had some work experience, 30% more likely to have graduated from high school or obtained a G.E.D, and 37% more likely to be enrolled in college.
A three-year quasi-experimental evaluation is currently being conducted at our in-school model sites in New York City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The evaluation will track and measure the differences between CAS-Carrera participants and those in the comparison group on the following dimensions:
- sexual and reproductive health knowledge;
- rates of sexual abstinence;
- rates of conscientious use of birth control for pregnancy prevention;
- rates of condom use for STI prevention;
- rates of teen pregnancies and of teen births;
- receipt of comprehensive annual medical, dental and vision care;
- growth in financial literacy, including development of bank accounts;
- evidence of improved academic performance;
- evidence of fewer risk behaviors such as fighting, drug or alcohol use or arrests.
The evaluation will also further examine the impact on teachers in fulfilling their roles as educators, and the role of the program in supporting their core responsibilities.
The Harvard Research Exchange highlights the robust opportunity for expanding the in-school model to other schools and communities.
INDEPENDENT SURVEY RESULTS
Annual surveys conducted by Philliber Research Associates also demonstrate measurable outcomes in a variety of attitudinal and behavioral changes including substantially decreased rates of alcohol and marijuana use, physical fighting, carrying a weapon, sexual intercourse, and pregnancy.
INTERNAL DATA COLLECTION
CAS-Carrera utilizes a robust and fully integrated internal performance management system (Salesforce.com) to track the number of youth served as well as collect data at all program sites across all seven components including: education, job club, family life and sexuality education, mental health, medical and dental services, self expression, and lifetime individual sports.