The Virginia Abstinence Education Initiative Evaluation Structure: A Lesson in How to Successfully Overcome the Challenges of Multi-Site Program Evaluation

Allen Lewis, Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ariane S. Karph, Brian Ambrose


This discussion provides an overview of the evaluation process of the Virginia Abstinence Education Initiative (VAEI). It details the basic principles that premise the evaluation structure. The evaluation structure utilized by the VAEI is an intentional one, designed to provide the most rigorous approach possible in order to have maximum confidence in the quality of the data produced by this statewide, multi-year effort. The authors argue that this type of informed approach grounded in a high degree of evaluation rigor can help to overcome the challenges typically associated with multi-site program evaluation.

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