The Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) California partner, Cardea, has scaled its district reach in the state by implementing Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) Networks. CSE networks are a county-based collaborative approach. In 2018, LFA developed a case study to highlight the CSE network approach and how it has contributed to advancing sex ed among participating districts. The case study is designed to highlight the successes of the WISE CA CSE networks and to elevate a potential model for other counties across the country that are seeking to enhance sex ed in their school. Download the Case Study
The Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) Initiative is a privately funded effort to support public school districts to advance and sustain comprehensive sexuality education programs. LFA has served as the national evaluator for the WISE Initiative since 2009, providing ongoing guidance to the multi-funder collaborative in designing and implementing an evaluation to explore how, and to what degree, sex education is becoming institutionalized in WISE school districts. This new article, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, shares WISE’s successes in increasing access to sex education, removing barriers, and highlighting best practices. Download the Article.
In partnership with Mathematica Policy Research, LFA developed a learning brief for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Quality Innovation Challenge (QIC). The QIC, an initiative of the Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health program, encourages new research and innovative ideas for improving service delivery, engaging communities, and increasing provider accountability in the reproductive health field. In 2013, the Foundation awarded grants to nine grantees around the world to improve the quality of reproductive health care. LFA and Mathematica developed grantee profiles for each of the awardees. Additionally, we developed a learning brief that synthesizes the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned from QIC grantees to provide insight into what does and does not work in quality improvement. The learning brief offers lessons from the QIC work on how to encourage innovation in the future. Download the Learning Brief and Grantee Profiles.
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The Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) Initiative provides much needed support to institutionalize sex education in public schools across 12 key states. As the national evaluator for the WISE Initiative, LFA has provided ongoing guidance to a multi-funder collaborative led by the Grove Foundation and supported by the Ford Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Oak Hill Fund, and additional funders. One product of the evaluation is the creation of the WISE Toolkit, an iterative, dynamic approach to implementing sex education. The WISE Toolkit emerged from the experience of the organizations participating in WISE and was captured, analyzed, and written by LFA. See the Online Toolkit