The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is committed to expanding evidence and advancing best practices to improve adolescent health, reproductive health, and family planning. OPA adds to the existing evidence base by funding the exploration, development, testing, and rigorous evaluation of new and innovative interventions to significantly reduce teen pregnancy disparities. Additional research helps to advance best practices in the fields of reproductive health, family planning, adolescent sexual health, and other related preventive health services.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program
The Office of Adolescent Health, now part of OPA, has conducted evaluations as part of its TPP grant program since 2010. Current TPP research projects aim to detail how different components of TPP programs work together, help improve how communities approach teen pregnancy prevention efforts, bring context to research, and strengthen how new programs are designed.
TPP Evidence Review
This review identifies programs with evidence of effectiveness on reducing:
- Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Sexual risk behaviors
Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sponsored a systematic review of research on teen pregnancy prevention. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review (TPPER) identified nine new programs in 2023, seven from projects funded by OPA, as showing evidence of effectiveness. These programs aim to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes; promote positive youth development; and advance health equity for adolescents, their families, and communities.