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Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Success Outcome Evaluation Addendum  

Primary goals of the Teen + included improved health, educational, and parenting outcomes for Teen+ participants.

As of July, 2014, a total of 956 teens under the age of 19 had enrolled in Teen+. As a pilot program, Teen+ accomplished the goal of supporting pregnant and parenting teens in Shelby County and provides a blueprint for future programming.

Read the addendum here.


A Step Ahead Foundation 2012-2013 Year 2 Evaluation Tracking Report 

Over the course of the first 2+ years (August 2011 - December 2013) of A Step Ahead Foundation’s development and implementation, they have provided free, long acting, reversible contraception to 1691 women as the payer of last resort.).

Although it is impossible to say exactly how many unwanted pregnancies have been prevented as a result of ASAF’s program, it is clear that they have been instrumental in allowing women in Shelby County to plan their families, and plan their futures. 

Read CROW's 2 year evaluation here.

WHM 2014

Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Evaluation Published

Adolescent pregnancy significantly impacts the educational attainment, economic security, and well-being of teen parents and their children.

With funding from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth launched Teen+ in an effort to address these issues.  Teen+ supports pregnant and parenting teens while seeking to improve parenting, educational, and health outcomes.

Read CROW's evaluation of Teen+ here.

TPPS Needs Assessment Report Cover Girls Inc Releases Girls Inc. Evaluation

Girls Inc. provided programming encouraging girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Since 2010, Crow has conducted an annual evaluation of local Girls Inc. programming, focusing on changes in participants' mental health, well-being, and behavior.

Read this year's evaluation here!

Sex Ed Infographic

Parents Wants Sex Education

Memphis parents were polled on their attitudes toward sex education and the results say: Parents Want Sex Education for Our Teens!  

We put this information into a colorful infographic! View and print our infographic here.

For hard copies contact 901-678-2770.

TPPS Needs Assessment Report Cover Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment

CROW is working with community stakeholders to understand the challenges of being a pregnant or parenting teen, to learn what resources are available to these teens, and to learn what we can do to help. CROW conducted a needs assessment to get answers to these questions, and the result was the Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment.   

CROW is also the evaluation team for the Teen+ program, which is part of this initiative, and comprised of several organizations working together to help pregnant and parenting teens get the resources they need to succeed. A Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Program Evaluation report will follow early Fall 2013. 

Child Care Worker Taking Care of our Caretakers: Elevating the Standard of Living for Our Child Care Workers

CROW, with funding from the Women's Foundation for A Greater Memphis, worked with local economist David H. Ciscel, PhD. to create a report on the state of child care workers in Memphis and Shelby County.


Childcare Investment Childcare as an Investment in the Future

CROW and the Institute for Women's Studies at the University of Georgia are collaborating with the National Council for Research on Women on a project funded by the Ms. Foundation, with support for local data collection from the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, to assess the impact of stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on child care access for low-income communities.

Community Voice 2010 Infant Mortality in Memphis

CROW has recently completed its multi-year evaluation of the infant mortality initiative Community Voice. After a brief hiatus for the program, the state of Tennessee, and Shelby County chose a new lead agency, Hickory Hill Community Redevelopment Corporation (HHCRC), to bring this program to the people.

Read our 2013 Hickory Hill Community Redevelopment Corporation Community Voice Evaluation Report.

Read our evaluation reports for 2008, 2009, 2010.

Community Voice 2010 A Step Ahead Foundation

A Step Ahead Foundation provides free long-acting, reversible, contraception (LARC) to women in Memphis and Shelby County in an effort to prevent unplanned pregnancy, thus allowing women to more effectively plan their futures, including when and how they choose to have families.

ASAF hopes to improve the educational, economic, and health outcomes for women and their families by promoting scholastic, personal, and professional development and reducing the economic strain on families due to unintended pregnancy, thereby reducing poverty.

CROW partnered with A Step Ahead Foundation to track progress toward goals and outcomes. For more information and to read the 2011-2012 report, click here.


HIV Transportation Report HIV/Aids Transportation Needs Assessment Study

CROW, in collaboration with the United Way of the Mid-South, the Mid-South Coalition on HIV/AIDS, and the Ryan White Part A Planning Council, conducted an interdisciplinary, multimethods needs assessment of transportation barriers to HIV/AIDS service delivery to consumers.


Women's Health Report Card Women's Health Report Card

In an endeavor to assess the health of women in Shelby County, CROW partnered with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and the Ozanne Customer Analytics Group of West Haven, Connecticut to create a Shelby County Women's Health Report Card.

Sexual Harassment Report Cover Sexual Harassment of Teens in Memphis Middle and High Schools

CROW and the Memphis Area Women's Council teamed up to investigate the frequency, types, and long-term impact of sexual harassment experienced by teenagers in Memphis middle and high schools.

Families First Families First and Tennessee's Single Female-Headed Households

The Women's Economic Security Campaign commissioned national and local/regional research briefs on specific policy issues that impact the well being of low-income women. CROW researchers examined Tennessee's TANF program, Families First, and its effectiveness in serving the state's single female-headed households.

Girls Inc   Girls Incorporated Evaluation

Girls Incorporated of Memphis has commissioned CROW for a multi-year evaluation to assess the effectiveness of their programming for area girls. Read our 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 reports.

Our 2012-2013 report will be released in the Fall of 2013.

Girl Scouts Girl Scouts Evaluation

CROW was commissioned by the Girl Scouts Heart of the South (GSHS) to evaluate programs aimed at promoting courage, confidence, and character in the lives of the girls who participate in their programs.

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