Demonstrated Effectiveness

Sexuality education programs vary in the degree to they have or have not been scientifically proven to be effective. At, we categorize programs into three distinct classifications of demonstrated effectiveness:
1. Evidence-based Program
An Evidence-based Program is a program that has strong evidence indicating the intended outcomes will be achieved when implemented with fidelity. Various federal agencies have identified youth-related programs that they consider Evidence-based.  For the purposes of, only select Evidence-based Program if:

A. Your program is found on one of the following evidence-based lists:

– Office of Adolescent Health
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
– Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

B. You are implementing the program with fidelity. (If your organization is utilizing only some components of an above-listed Evidence-based Program and not implementing the full program, instead select “Other Program.”)

2. Promising Program
A Promising Program has some evidence indicating it achieves its intended outcome; however, additional research is needed for the program to be considered an Evidence-based.  For the purpose of, only select Promising Program if your program is found on the following list:

– Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

3. Other Program
For the purposes, select Other Program if your program: 

– Implements only select parts of an Evidence-based Program
– Implements only select parts of a Promising Program
– Utilizes lessons from health textbooks or curricula
– Utilizes a self-developed lessons or curricula
– Employs a blended combination of any of the above strategies

If you select Other Program, you will be asked to provide a description of your program.