Youth Development: OST, Mentoring, & Education Equity

Health Information Project (HIP)
Funder: Health Information Project
Project Time Period: 2019-2020

Project Category: Youth Development/Health/Education & STEAM/Formative Evaluation/Impact Evaluation  

About HIP: Health Information Project (HIP) is a peer health promotion program dedicated to supporting, informing, and empowering youth. Founded in 2008, HIP started in 2 schools and quickly expanded to 58 schools across Miami, Florida. In ten years, HIP has trained 8,200 11th and 12th-grade student peer health educators who have provided valuable health information to over 180,000 9th graders.

The Work: In 2018-2019, HIP commissioned ImpactED to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of its program’s impact on students’ health knowledge, health behaviors, and school climate. For the 2019-2020 assessment, MAI supported ImpactED on a mixed-methods evaluation to help support HIP in their program improvement efforts and share the story of HIP’s impact with external stakeholders as they expand programming to new cities. 

What We Learned: The evaluation found that HIP had a positive impact on students’ knowledge of health topics, their pro-health and pro-social behaviors, and their soft skills. HIP also had high levels of acceptance and satisfaction amongst stakeholders, with 100% of principals reporting that they would recommend HIP to other schools and 95% of 9th-grade teachers reporting that HIP contributes positively to the school climate.