Love Notes 3.0 and EBP FAQs

Q:  What are the differences between Love Notes 3.0 (Classic) and Love Notes Evidence Based Program (LN-EBP)?

A:  Love Notes EBP is a condensation of Love Notes Classic. Dr. Anita Barbee in her evaluation of Love Notes distilled the program to its key messages to create the Love Notes EBP. The EBP still contains 13 lessons. Lessons average about 45 minutes with 2 lessons taking double that (1.5 hours).

Every purchase of Love Notes EBP  Instructor’s Manual also includes the Love Notes Classic binder. They are sold together because the Classic binder contains more background for instructors to fully understand the LN theory of change and to contextualize the content. More importantly, instructors may add any activity or concept from LN Classic into LN EBP as an acceptable adaptation depending on their available time and needs of the young people they serve.

While training is recommended before teaching Love Notes Classic, training is required before teaching Love Notes EBP.

Q:  Which Love Notes is on the Office of Adolescent Health’s approved list?

A:  Love Notes EBP is on the OAH approved list because of its strong outcomes for recent sexual activity, frequency of sexual activity, contraceptive use, sexual initiation, and pregnancy, which was reduced by 46% over the control groups. However, it is an acceptable adaptation to add into the LN EBP any additional content from Love Notes Classic that the service providers feels would benefit their young people so long as they also cover all the EBP content. For instance, programs serving expecting and parenting teens often choose to add in additional concepts pertinent to the young people they serve.

Q: Is Love Notes EBP required if my organization is utilizing federal pregnancy prevention funding?

A:  Yes, in general, grantees who are receiving pregnancy prevention funding through PREP, OAH, or TPP (ended in 2018) must use the LN EBP version. If you have any questions, please check with your grant’s federal project officer.

Q:  What ages can most benefit from Love Notes?

A: Love Notes was written for risk-immersed young people and young parents ages 16-25. However, in the study at the University of Louisville the students were between 14 and 19. If you are serving younger youth, we recommend that you request an online review copy of Love Notes to determine how you think the content would work with them.

Q:  Why is training required before I can purchase the LN EBP?

A:  Love Notes is based on a completely new theory of change to prevent pregnancy. Building relationship efficacy, correcting faulty relationship beliefs, developing healthy intimate partner connections, and seeing your life and relationships through the eyes of a child are topics that are not generally covered in traditional pregnancy prevention programs. Our aim in requiring training is to build competence and confidence in instructors to deliver this information with fidelity because we all want to replicate the strong results of the University of Louisville study.