This work is in its early phase.
With its funding from The Duke Endowment in 2011, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy created “Accelerating Progress: A Road Map for Achieving Further Reductions in Teen Pregnancy”.
The goal was to identify a path forward for teen pregnancy prevention efforts that would maximize resources and target communities most in need. Researchers used a complex methodology to gather, analyze and synthesize data. According to project leaders:
- 170 people were interviewed or participated in focus groups
- Two case studies, one of a teen clinic and one of a school district implementing an evidence-based curriculum, were conducted
- Statewide teen birth data and other research studies were analyzed to identify trends, priority areas, and priority populations for future interventions
The intention was to “bring focus to multiple groups of high-need populations and high-need counties,” project leaders say. “To achieve the greatest impact, future investments must target organizations in those communities to increase their capacity to implement highly effective, evidence-based strategies with populations of greatest need.”
The report helped inform The Duke Endowment’s initial work in South Carolina’s Darlington County, which was identified as a “high volume” and “high burden” county for teen pregnancy. Darlington County stakeholders committed to building a prevention framework based on the report.