"The initial evaluation results suggested that HRYDP was
meeting or exceeding the goals set for itself and meeting the A-H
criteria set by the federal government. These results are significantly
different from the comparison group results. This suggests that
the program is having an impact on students' knowledge & attitudes
in targeted areas."
-Dr. Robin Rogers, Ph.D.
Dana Weinberg, Ph.D.
employs an outcome evaluation which scientifically measures the effects
of the program through rigorously developed pre and post-program surveys
of program participants and a comparison group. This approach permits
us to track changes in program participants’ knowledge and attitudes
in the areas targeted by the program and to assess, through the use of
a comparison group, which changes may be attributable to the Healthy Respect
The Healthy Respect Abstinence
Education program has been rigorously evaluated since the Spring of
2006 in over twenty schools in Yonkers, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island,
and the Bronx. The Healthy Respect project currently employs Dr. Elaine
Walker and Dr. Martin Finkelstein of SAMETRIC Research to conduct our
Dr. Walker holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, she is a governing member of the
North-East Regional Lab, which is one of eight laboratories nationwide
funded by the United States Education Department to engage in cutting-edge
educational research reflecting different regions of the country.
Dr. Finkelstein holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from SUNY Buffalo. He
is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and has been a visiting scholar at Hiroshima
University in Japan. He has taught at Teachers College at Columbia University,
and the University of Denver.
Both Drs. Walker and Finkelstein are currently on the faculty of Seton
Hall University where Dr. Walker serves as an Associate Professor in the
Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy; and Dr. Finkelstein
serves as a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education
Leadership, Management and Policy.