Through OPA’s Office of Research and Evaluation, evaluation projects are carried out under contracts funded by HHS 1 percent evaluation funds. The evaluation activities cover a wide range of issues.
OPA collaborates with other federal agencies in efforts related to family planning and reproductive health. OPA is one of the major funding contributors to the NSFG, which is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. The NSFG has completed six cycles and currently proceeds on a continuous interviewing basis. OPA also has funded several research initiatives at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It provides support for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
A number of comprehensive final 1 percent evaluation reports are relevant to Title X. They include Healthy People 2010 content related to family planning and STDs/HIV, documents outlining Food and Drug Administration approval of the hormonal contraceptive skin patch and hormonal vaginal contraceptive ring, the Family Planning Annual Report, and reports on parent involvement strategies in programs serving adolescents and on statutory rape.
In 2007, OPA and the Administration for Children and Families cosponsored an Abstinence Education Evaluation Conference for the abstinence education community. In addition, OPA contracted with The Lewin Group to conduct the Developing Theoretical Frameworks for Abstinence Education project. The goal of this project is to develop theoretical frameworks that can help explain primary and secondary abstinence for adolescents and provide likely mechanisms for behavior change.