In recent years, researchers have identified dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs with demonstrated evidence of success in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. The federal government has invested millions of dollars to disseminate knowledge about these programs and to implement and evaluate...
- Adolescent health
- Family support
- Program evaluation
Brian Goesling has expertise in social programs and trends affecting families and youth.
Goesling currently serves as project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. He also directs a systematic evidence review
Goesling has published more than a dozen scholarly book chapters and journal articles, including articles in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. He coauthored a recent report for the U.S. Department of Education on the largest experimental evaluation to date of the effectiveness of mandatory random student drug testing in U.S. high schools. He has also authored research on systematic reviews, teen pregnancy prevention, teenagers’ attitudes toward marriage, the links between marriage and health, and health care coverage among families with children.
Before joining Mathematica, Goesling was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Feasibility & Design Study: Expanding the Use & Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Much of the current research evidence on teen pregnancy prevention dates to the late 1980s and early 1990s. To address gaps in research, Mathematica and its partners are launching a new set of evaluation activities that will address targeted research questions with practical relevance.
Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
This eight-year evaluation documented and tested promising pregnancy prevention approaches in seven sites across the United States, each of which implemented a different program.
Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
To encourage the formation of healthy relationships—and ultimately stable, two-parent families—since 2005, Congress has authorized federal funding for healthy marriage and relationship education programs. STREAMS will examine a mix of programs serving adults and youth.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
To help reduce the risks of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors among teenagers, Congress authorized PREP as part of the 2010 ACA. Mathematica's evaluation is documenting how PREP-funded programs are operationalized and assessing selected programs’ effectiveness....