Evaluation of the Healthy Futures Lawrence Project

Dates: 2016-2017

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Administration for Children & Families

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Adolescent Health


The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc. received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to implement Healthy Futures classroom-based relationship education (Nu-CULTURE) and after-school (Rhymin' it Write) programs in four middle schools in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In addition, Healthy Futures will host a train-the-facilitator workshop to equip staff from the four middle schools to deliver the Nu-CULTURE program once the grant has ended.

JSI will conduct the process and outcome evaluation, including developing the evaluation design, data collection tools, and data management and analysis, and progress report development.

The evaluation will be a pre-test/post-test design. Healthy Futures staff will collect information from Nu-CULTURE participants at: 1) pre-test before each 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculum and 2) immediate post-test at the end of each 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculum. Healthy Futures staff will collect information from Rhymin' it Write participants at 1) pre-test before the after-school program begins and 2) immediate post-test at the end of the after-school program. Healthy Futures staff will collect information from school staff participating in the train-the-facilitator training at: 1) pre-test on the first day before the training begins and 2) immediate post-test after the training is completed.

The process evaluation will be conducted throughout to monitor program implementation and fidelity and inform continuous quality improvement activities. Data will be collected on each component of the Healthy Futures program including fidelity checklists and attendance.