Starting a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

Massachusetts’ family planning programs offer free and low-cost teen pregnancy prevention and contraceptive services to youth and adults. To find services in your community, please visit the DPH Family Planning Program.

The Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy compiled a list of evidence-based and promising programs. We created this list from national lists of programs, added in a few promising and local programs (such as the Get Real program from Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts). We included programs that are currently available for purchase and replication.

If you already know the characteristics of the youth you want to serve, you can use our Program Selection Worksheet.

If you are already running a curriculum-based program and want to know if it is promising, you can review it for the 17 characteristics of effective programs using an assessment tool developed by Healthy Teen Network called the Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs, which is available for free download or purchase.

You can also use a BDI Logic Model to make sure your program activities line up your program goal. If you’re not familiar with BDI Logic Models, visit ETR Associates and take their free online BDI Logic Model course. Download our BDI Logic Model template to get started on developing your own.

For more information and lists of evidence-based programs, please visit these sites: