Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: A Case Study in Evidence-based Policymaking

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: A Case Study in Evidence-based Policymaking 

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, is a gold standard example of the kind of evidence-based policymaking that is garnering bipartisan support among federal and state policymakers.

As one of the few government programs that both uses evidence as a criteria for funding decisions and continues to rigorously evaluations its efforts and results, TPP can offer important lessons for state policymakers.  This interactive webinar will provide an opportunity for state legislators and legislative staff interested in evidence-based policymaking to learn more about TPP and hear insights that could help inform state-level efforts.   

Through competitive grants to diverse organizations across the United States, TPP has invested in replicating models that already had been shown through rigorous evaluation to change teen behavior and in research and demonstration projects to develop, refine, and test additional models and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy. 

These efforts have been characterized by a strong commitment to high quality implementation, innovation, evaluation, and learning – all hallmarks of evidence-based policymaking. To date, TPP has funded over 200 grants: 102 grantees received funding for 2010–2015 and served more than 140,000 teens per year, trained more than 7,000 professionals, and partnered with over 3,000 community-based organizations.  A second cohort of 81 grants was awarded in July 2015 and is expected to serve over 1.2 million youth over five years. 

This webinar is co-sponsored by NCSL's National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES),  Research and Committee Staff Section (RACSS) and the Health Program.

"Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-40 pages)


  • Andrea Kane, Vice President, Policy and Strategic Partnerships, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Evelyn Kappeler, Director, Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Charles Sallee, Deputy Director, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico


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