Description of Funding Priority Criteria
Apply Innovative Strategies to Design Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Teens are a diverse and constantly changing population. It is imperative to develop innovative programs to address their needs, helping to prevent teen pregnancy, related risk factors, and promote healthy adolescent development. With this unique funding opportunity, the iTP3 team encourages potential applicants to think beyond traditional approaches and consider designing, catalyzing and sustaining creative and innovative systems-level programs to impact teen pregnancy prevention and associated risk factors.
Utilize a Systems-Based Approach for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The majority of evidence-based TPP programs use a single curriculum-based approach and are focused on change at the individual level. While this approach has proven to be effective, disparities in teen pregnancy still exist and changes at the individual and other ecological levels are important to consider to help further reduce rates and meet the needs of adolescents.
The iTP3 project will support programs implemented in a variety of settings; targeting unique population(s), including those capable of influencing change for the target population(s); and targeting change at all intervention levels, including focus on interpersonal, organizational, policy, and system-level change. Among others, innovations can focus on youth, families, schools, neighborhoods, environments, and/or policy-related change. The iTP3 project team is particularly interested in proposals that address the design of interventions that incorporate ecological or systems approaches, including network, organizational, multilevel, and policy-related interventions. Please note, iTP3 will not support applications that are solely focused on the development of systems models, whether agent-based, system dynamics, or other modeling techniques.
Focus on Impacting High Risk Populations
iTP3 aims to foster the development of new programs and approaches that will effectively address pregnancy and other sexual health disparities that exist among adolescents by age, race, ethnicity, geography (e.g. urban vs. rural), and among especially vulnerable populations. Please note that the age range for innovations is not restricted as long as preventing teen pregnancy among a high risk population(s) is the program’s ultimate focus. Please refer to the Target Population page for a list of populations of interest. While the iTP3 team welcomes additional populations for consideration, the applicant must provide detailed documentation regarding how their proposed program will strategically empathize and understand the unmet needs for preventing teen pregnancy and why innovative programming is needed.