Impact Evaluation of the Steps to Success Program
Last registered on February 21, 2014

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Impact Evaluation of the Steps to Success Program
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000282
Initial registration date
February 21, 2014
Last updated
February 21, 2014 10:27 AM EST
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Mathematica Policy Research
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2013-05-01
End date
2018-03-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The evaluation will examine whether the Steps to Success enhanced home visits are more effective at delaying repeat pregnancies than are traditional Healthy Families home visits.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Wood, Robert. 2014. "Impact Evaluation of the Steps to Success Program." AEA RCT Registry. February 21. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/282/history/1091
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Steps to Success is an enhancement of home visiting services HFSA has been offering for many years. Steps to Success provides home visiting services for both mothers and fathers that cover contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and the importance of adequate birth spacing for child well-being. Steps to Success visits also cover the traditional Healthy Families topics of parenting and child development. In addition, Steps to Success home visits will cover the adulthood preparation topics of healthy relationships and education and career success.
Intervention Start Date
2013-05-01
Intervention End Date
2018-03-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Subsequent pregnancy [ Time Frame: 1-year post random assignment ]
Subsequent pregnancy [ Time Frame: 2-years post random assignment ]
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This evaluation will examine whether the Steps to Success enhanced home visits—including instruction for both young mothers and fathers on contraception, comprehensive sex education, and the importance of adequate birth spacing, and accompanied by group sessions on adulthood preparation topics—are more effective at delaying repeat pregnancies than are traditional Healthy Families home visits offered to mothers only and focused only on parenting and child development. The research sample includes women under age 21 who are expecting or have just had a baby. The mothers will be enrolled over a three year sample intake period, and assigned to receive either the Steps to Success home visiting program (treatment) or traditional Healthy Families San Angelo home visits (control). Follow-up surveys will be conducted 12 and 24 months after random assignment
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
web-based application
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
720 mothers
Sample size: planned number of observations
720 mothers
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
estimated 360 mothers control, 360 mothers treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers