Learning Objectives: Present a tobacco control advocacy model and measures used in a pilot study to evaluate an advocacy-based health promotion program.
Abstract: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded the Prevention Research Center in the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University and the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) to conduct an evaluation of NEA HIN's Kids Act to Control Tobacco (Kids ACT!), an innovative tobacco control advocacy program for middle school students. Most middle school tobacco-use prevention programs use a social influences or life skills approach. KidsACT! motivates students to become advocates for tobacco-free environments at home, in school and in their communities. School-based advocacy programs are relatively new, unevaluated phenomena for which few measurement instruments exist. Over three years, the advocacy model for Kids ACT! has been field tested and refined and the evaluators have field tested instruments to assess youth advocacy programs. The pilot study conducted in Spring 2002 had four research OBJECTIVES: (1) develop a teacher training protocol, train teachers, and observe classrooms to monitor fidelity to the curriculum, (2) test the group randomized design using a small number of schools; (3) further refine the measures, and (4) generate an estimate of intraclass correlation. The presenters will discuss the development and field testing of the measures of youth advocacy with groups of middle school students and the psychometric work on the instruments, the results of the pilot evaluation study and the design of a more extensive outcome evaluation.
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