Research & Evaluation of Discovery Dating

Is Discovery Dating Evidence-Based?

Wise Women Gathering Place was proud to be published in the Journal of Family Social Work in 2012.  This publication may allow some programs to use our curriculum as "Evidence Based," as our curriculum appears in the literature.  


Entitled Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in a Rural Native American Community, the article chronicles the use of Discovery Dating to reduce teenage pregnancies during the C-BAC Project. For more information on this publication, click here. 

The DELTA Project

Our DELTA Statewide Partners
Our DELTA Statewide Partners

From 2002-2011, much Discovery Dating work was funded through a collaboration of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) grant.


The DELTA evaluation report focuses on implementation with middle school students at a Tribal elementary school in Wisconsin. Our information was gathered through pre- and post- surveys about Discovery Dating students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The report reveals a positive increase in personal agency and healthy relationships norms.  To review the evaluation report from the Discovery Dating DELTA Project, click here. 

The C-BAC Project

The Community-Based Abstinence Program (C-BAC) was presented a Tribal School for 5 years for the students in the eighth grade. Those students were aged 12 to 19 at the time of this report. The C-BAC program did not teach contraception methods.


The C-BAC program taught the students lessons on how to set goals, how to discern the character of themselves and others, how to determine their own personal values and healthy relationship building skills. We also gave the students experience opportunities to practice these skills.


WWGP conducted a survey at Oneida Nation High School in November 2007. 76 students responded to the survey: 55 C-BAC and 21 non C-BAC. We believe that the results that we have from the High School survey reflect a difference for the students who had the C-BAC Class when compared to the results from the Non-C-BAC respondents. The C-BAC Key Findings Report outlines some of the key findings of the survey, and may be viewed here.