What is an evidence-based program?

An evidence-based program (EBP) is a program that has been scientifically evaluated and has demonstrated effectiveness in achieving a desired outcome. These programs are also known as evidence-based interventions (EBIs).

All of the pregnancy/STI/HIV prevention programs ETR publishes:

  • Are based on theoretical approaches demonstrated to be effective in reducing health-related risky behaviors.
  • Target clearly defined health behavior outcomes.
  • Have statistically significant results from a rigorous research study.
  • Use multiple learning activities and strategies.
  • Feature interactive and cooperative learning approaches.
  • Provide training and support for teachers.

In this video, the late Dr. Doug Kirby describes evidence-based programs and why they matter. Dr. Kirby was a senior scientist at ETR and an internationally renowned researcher on sexual and reproductive health interventions.