Random-Controlled Trial: The RWJF Project

Beginning in August of 2019, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evidence for Action program funded a Random-Controlled Trial (RCT) study of the effects and impacts of youth participation in the EYPC program as delivered by high school civics teachers in rural schools as part of their normal civics class. This study is being led by Dr. Jennifer Hamilton at NORC at the University of Chicago in collaboration with Dr. Scott Hays, developer of EYPC.

This project involves recruiting rural high schools from Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Utah to participate in the study.

This study will answer the following research questions about the impact of EYPC on civic education in schools:

  • To what extent does the EYPC program impact the health and well-being of participating youth across diverse rural communities?
  • To what extent does the EYPC program improve community health and equity outcomes in these rural communities?

Schools that agree to participate in the study are then assigned to one of two groups, schools that deliver the EYPC program and schools that deliver “civics as usual” course content using similar evaluation assessment tools. These schools may delay the implementation of EYPC until the following semester.

If you wish to be a part of this rural research study, we would be glad to answer any questions you may have and provide you with any additional information over email or phone!

Email us at cgunby2@illinois.edu for more information on the next steps for participation.