By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager
According to the US Department of Education, research-based instructional programs are defined as programs that withstand the test of standard scientific testing practices. Their conclusions can be replicated and generalized. By this definition, Realityworks®, Inc.’s RealCare™ Program is a research-based program.
The RealCare Program is a powerful combination of innovative curricula with the most advanced infant simulator available. Evidence collected over the years indicates that the program offers a highly effective approach to preventing teenage pregnancies and teaching parenting skills. For decision-makers who are considering the RealCare Program, the obvious question is: Does it meet the stringent evidence-based requirements tied to federal funding? The answer is “yes.”
But you don’t have to take our word for it. We offer several ways for you to measure the efficacy of your own RealCare Program.
Using the Healthy Choices: Relationship, Sexuality and Family Planning curriculum? It includes a Survey and Self-Assessment that you can give to students before and after you administer the program and simulation experience. By comparing the results before and after, you can gauge how their attitudes about themselves, their sexual activity, and their views about parenting changed over the course of instruction and participation.
Additionally, all four RealCare Program curricula offer Pre- and Post-Summative Assessments that measure objectives learned from the program. Using these assessments, you can collect evidence of knowledge gained through participation in the lessons and simulation experiences of your own RealCare Program.
Ready? You can access the Healthy Choices survey and self-assessment (or find it in Unit One, Lesson One of your Healthy Choices: Relationship, Sexuality and Family Planning curriculum). Again, pre- and post-summative assessments are included in each RealCare curriculum.
Want to dig further into the research? We’ve made available a variety of individual research studies and their results here.