Technical Assistance

How Colorado Youth Matter Can Support Your Work

foreducatorsMore and more funders and communities are demanding evidence of program effectiveness and outcomes. However, many programs cannot afford professional evaluators.  Colorado Youth Matter provides support for program planning, implementation, fidelity, and evaluation processes that help you easily and succinctly demonstrate the true impact of your programs to current and potential funders.

Colorado Youth Matter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is available for consulting and to provide technical assistance to youth-serving and healthcare professionals throughout the state on a variety of topics related to program planning, selection, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability.  Colorado Youth Matter's technical assistance serves to increase the capacity of professionals and organizations to integrate and use evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising programs and approaches to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and STIs. 

Here are some of the ways in which Colorado Youth Matter can assist communities and professionals:

Assessing Needs

  • Developing and/or implementing community or organizational needs assessments related to teen pregnancy, HIV and STI prevention
  • Integrating and understanding research and data into program planning

Logic Models

  • Creating logic models to outline the specific health goals, sexual risk-taking behaviors, and risk and protective factors that your program aims to address

Goals and Objectives

  • Creating SMART program goals and objectives

Selecting Programs

  • Identifying programs and/or curricula that have been rigorously evaluated and proven effective in changing sexual risk-taking behavior (known as evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising programs)
  • Assessing which program or curriculum would fit best within your specific program setting
  • For Promising Programs: Assessing the components of a promising programs and integrating the 17 characteristics of effective programs.  Dr. Douglas Kirby and colleagues have developed a list of 17 characteristics of effective curriculum-based programs. The list of characteristics can be accessed at ETR or Healthy Teen Network.

Program Implementation

  • Assisting in planning the implementation of the program or curriculum
  • Fidelity Monitoring:  utilizing tools and strategies to ensure and monitor fidelity to the selected program

Program Evaluation Consultation

  • Developing appropriate evaluation plans
  • Developing and utilizing tools for process and outcome evaluation of the selected program
  • Piloting and refining evaluation tools
  • Implementation and analysis of the evaluation plan and tools

Program Improvement and Sustainability

  • Integrating evaluation data to improve programs
  • Identifying potential funding sources and developing a plan for sustainability of the selected program