Friday, February 19, 2016 – Engaging non-traditional stakeholders in an evaluation of a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program with Joy Sotolongo

The Research Triangle Park Evaluators’ (RTPE) next meeting will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 at The Frontier (800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC 27703) beginning at 11 am.

Meeting Agenda:
11:00am – 11:10am Announcements and Introduction

11:10am – 12:00pm Engaging non-traditional stakeholders in an evaluation of a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program

12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional networking lunch (snacks and drinks provided; bring your lunch or purchase from the Food Truck Rodeo)

About the Presentation: Engaging non-traditional stakeholders in an evaluation of a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program
This presentation will describe contributions from an array of multi-disciplinary partners for an evaluation of the President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative demonstration project in Gaston County, North Carolina. In addition to the usual suspects (health care staff), unusual suspects (advertising professionals, county planners, faith-based stakeholders) and teens themselves conducted evaluation activities. The presentation will describe the role of each contributor, the type of data they bring to the table, and how their multiple perspectives provide a more complete and interesting picture of the project’s experiences with increasing teen access to health services. Examples of data from the multi-disciplinary perspectives will include social marketing web analytics; detailed census tract maps; pre/post survey results; and depiction of teen experiences in their own voices. The presentation also will include examples of how stakeholders used data in their respective roles as project implementers.

About the Presenter: Joy Sotolongo
Joy Sotolongo is Director of Evaluation for SHIFT NC, a statewide non-profit leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health. She is currently leading the evaluation for three federally funded and one privately funded teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. She has 20 years’ experience evaluating community-based prevention programs for adolescents and children in the fields of health, education, and workforce preparation.

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