Sustaining Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Lessons Learned from Former OAH Grantees

Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health
Feb 27, 2018
Julia Alamillo, Subuhi Asheer, Betsy Keating, and Jean Knab

Key Findings:

Former TPP grantees that sustained their programs after the federal grant period highlighted five key strategies that enhanced sustainability:

  • Identify or develop a program that is responsive to the needs of the community
  • Plan ahead for implementation both during and after the grant period
  • Mobilize champions for the program in the community
  • Integrate the program into local institutions
  • Build the capacity of implementation partners early in the grant period

Program practitioners and funders share a common goal to develop programs that are sustainable beyond a particular funding period. Planning ahead for sustainability is critical for ensuring the long-term success of a program. In 2015, The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) launched a study to better understand whether and how programs are sustained after federal funding ends. This brief is the second in a series about the sustainability of former OAH grantees. It offers lessons and recommendations based on the experiences of grantees funded by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant program from 2010 to 2015.


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