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"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.

Program Evaluation:
Healthy Respect 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 Program.

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 program evaluation.

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.