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Evidence of Efficacy

The RealCare Baby Program
Evidence of Efficacy
By Min Qi Wang, Ph.D., FAAHB

A Realityworks White Paper

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Evidence of Efficacy

Table of Contents
Executive Summary .........................................................................................................................3

The Program ....................................................................................................................................4

Evidence-Based Criteria ...................................................................................................................5

The Research ...................................................................................................................................6

Conclusions .....................................................................................................................................7

About the Author ..........................................................................................................................10

About Realityworks........................................................................................................................10

Appendix........................................................................................................................................11

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Evidence of Efficacy

Executive Summary
Facing cutbacks in local and state funding, a large and growing number of U.S. organizations are looking to federal grants to help underwrite a variety of program additions and enhancements.
One of the most successful educational investments — used by nearly 8,000 districts and 4,200 health and service organizations nationwide — is the RealCare® Program developed by Realityworks.
Evidence collected over the years indicates that the program offers a highly effective approach to preventing teenage pregnancies and teaching parenting skills. For decision-makers who are considering the RealCare Program, the obvious question is: Does it meet the stringent evidence-based requirements tied to federal funding? The answer is “yes,” and through detailed research study findings, the answer will be supported in this paper. For information regarding specific research studies, see the appendix at the end of this paper.
Based on the aggregate research findings, the author affirms that the RealCare Program can play a central role in helping schools and communities reduce teenage pregnancies while teaching valuable parenting skills for use later in life. Moreover, the research findings present a strong case for the program’s evidence-based foundation, paving the way for the successful procurement of federal grants and other funding sources.

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The Program
A proven approach to preventing teen pregnancies and teaching parenting skills
Since it was introduced by Realityworks in 1995, the RealCare Program1 has become a staple in teen pregnancy prevention and parenting programs around the world.
Nearly 8,000 U.S. school districts (approximately 60 percent) and 4,200 health and service organizations provide access to this computerized infant simulator. Moreover, the product’s reach now extends to a total of 47 countries.
The popularity of the RealCare Program may be traced to the uniquely realistic, interactive learning experience it offers.2
The Baby’s appearance and behaviors replicate those of a real infant. In fact, his or her care needs are based on the actual experiences of parents who kept a diary of the feeding, diapering, rocking, burping, and other care-giving provided to their children.
Participants become sole caretakers of RealCare Babies around the clock, typically over a span of several days. When Baby cries, it’s the caregiver’s responsibility to promptly determine the reason and then provide the appropriate response.
Certain incidents, such as neglect, inadequate head support,…