Evaluation of Project ARREST (2013-2018)

About the Initiative

In fall 2018, ARREST evolved into PASH (Promoting Adolescent Student Health). Please visit the PASH page for current information on the project.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and administered through the Office of Health, Safety and Physical Education, the AIDS Risk Reduction through Education and Staff Training (Project ARREST) was a five-year grant serving 26 priority middle and high schools in the District. Schools that met certain criteria were selected by the program coordinator.

This grant funded four AIDS Community Educators (ACEs) who provided technical assistance, workshops, and professional development to participating schools on topics such as HIV/AIDS prevention, safer sex, LGBTQ+ support, healthy relationships, and peer mediation. ACEs worked closely with health teachers, assisting in the implementation of evidence-based sexual health curricula.

In addition, ARREST partnered with local organizations, such as the Mazzoni Center and ACCESS Matters Health Resource Centers, to provide additional workshops, services, and counseling.

About the Evaluation

The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) informed the CDC on program participation, including the number of students and teachers served, demographic information, and the number of referrals to outside agencies.  In addition, ORE administered satisfaction surveys, collected information about the fidelity of program curricula implementation, and conducted interviews and observations with program participants about their experiences.