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ERIC Number: ED494026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
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Abstinence Education: Efforts to Assess the Accuracy and Effectiveness of Federally Funded Programs. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-07-87
Crosse, Marcia
Government Accountability Office
Reducing the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies is one objective of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS provides funding to states and organizations that provide abstinence-until-marriage education as one approach to address this objective. GAO was asked to describe the oversight of federally funded abstinence-until-marriage education programs. GAO is reporting on: (1) efforts by HHS and states to assess the scientific accuracy of materials used in these programs; and (2) efforts by HHS, states, and researchers to assess the effectiveness of these programs. GAO reviewed documents and interviewed HHS officials in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) that award grants for these programs. To address concerns about the scientific accuracy of materials used in abstinence-until-marriage education programs, GAO recommends that the Secretary of HHS develop procedures to help assure the accuracy of such materials used in programs administered by ACF. HHS agreed to consider this recommendation. HHS also provided information on steps it takes to assure accuracy, which we GAO has incorporated into the report, as appropriate. Appended are: (1) HRSA's Technical Assistance Contract for Abstinence Education; (2) Methodology for Identifying and Reviewing Research Studies; (3) Comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; and (4) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 3 tables.) [This report was published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.