RTI International conducted an independent evaluation of Start Strong on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation. The Start Strong evaluation consisted of two parts: an outcome evaluation and a policy evaluation.
All 11 Start Strong sites participated in the policy evaluation over the course of two years (2010 to 2012). The purpose of the policy evaluation was to assess the adoption and implementation of formal and informal policy related to teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship promotion in Start Strong sites.
The findings reveal that policy work can make a difference.