The Dibble Institute

At a Glance

National Office: 
PO Box 7881
Berkeley, CA 94707-0881
Phone: 800-695-7975

Kay Reed
People Served: 
112,000
Year Founded: 
1996
Tax ID: 
68-0435573

Focus area(s):

Personal & Leadership Development

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Description

Since its founding in 1996, Dibble has spearheaded efforts to build awareness and utilization of relationship skills programs for youth. Dibble has developed more than a dozen curricula and other programs addressing teen relationship skills, providing resources, training and professional development in partnership with school districts and other non profit organizations. 

Dibble seeks to scale Building Better Futures (BBF), a proven service delivery model that teaches young people build the skills that result in healthy relationships and strong families.  BBF is a curriculum-based model, implemented in partner public schools, that helps teens increase healthy relationship behaviors attitudes, and knowledge; make sound decisions; form positive stable relationships; and reduce risky behaviors. 

Impact and Outcomes

Students improved significantly in their perceived ability to resist sexual pressure while those students not taking the curriculum remained unchanged.
Students taking the curriculum also decrease their use of violence with their boyfriend or girlfriend, decrease their use of verbal aggression in the relationship, and decrease how often they get into trouble in school, and at home.

Mission & Goals

Building Better Futures (BBF) fully reinforces The Dibble Institute's mission to "equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to develop healthy romantic relationships now and in the future. BBF has the following programmatic goals:  

  • To build the skills that result in healthy relationships and strong families.
  • Increase healthy relationship behaviors attitudes, and knowledge.
  • Foster sound decision-making.
  • Form positive stable relationships.
  • Reduce risky teen behaviors.

Program

BBF is an evidence-based model that has been approved for inclusion to the Centers for Disease Control's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practice.  BBF is implemented in public schools in all 50 states that have partnered with the Dibble Institute.  It is based on two core premises: 1) that teens can learn healthy romantic relationship skills; and 2) that schools and youth agencies are an effective and efficient way to reach youth.  Dibble staff train teachers and other instructors at partner schools to teach, with fidelity, a specially-chosen curriculum aligned with the national standards for health and family and consumer science.  Post-training, teachers have access to support from Dibble.

Each program site is encouraged to select a curriculum from five different evidence-based or evidence-informed options that best fit their target population based on type of class using the curriculum, age group, diversity of group and risk factors. All five curricula focus on developing the seven principles of smart relationships:
 
• Look for common interest
• Pay attention of values
• Do not try and change the other person into something they are not
• Do not try and change yourself to get someone’s attention
• Expect good communication
• Do not pressure or manipulate someone
• Expect respect

Impact

An evaluation of the BBF curriculum, "Connections:  Dating and Emotions," found that the curriculum is particularly effective in improving students’ ability to resist sexual pressure. Additionally, the curriculum also appears to benefit students behaviorally by decreasing their negative behaviors in school, at home as well as in relationships with other students.  Additionally, the curriculum is effective at preventing future relationship and marriage difficulties by improving key attitudes that should lead to students participating in behaviors and activities which are protective against future marital distress, domestic violence and divorce.There are also some positive impacts on student attitudes toward positive relationship formation.  

Among the key results:

  • Knowledge of basic relationship concepts among students who were taught the curriculum increased.
  • The Connections curriculum is effective as a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum. Students improved significantly in their perceived ability to resist sexual pressure while those students not taking the curriculum remained unchanged. Students are more likely to communicate with their parents after taking the curriculum which further strengthens their likelihood of avoiding risky sexual activity. Students taking the curriculum also decrease their use of violence with their boyfriend or girlfriend, decrease their use of verbal aggression in the relationship, and decrease how often they get into trouble in school, and at home. Additionally, students report a significantly decreased acceptance of dating violence.  
  • The curriculum has a significant and strong impact on student attitudes toward positive relationship formation. Students taking the Connections curriculum become much more likely to say they will take advantage of marriage preparation classes in the future, marriage enrichment classes after marriage, and marriage counseling if their marriage is in trouble.

Growth Plan

Our plan is to have Building Brighter Futures reach 600 students/ per site/ per year. In five years, each site will have reached 3,000 students. Over the course of five years, with a new site starting each year, a total of 9000 students will receive healthy relationship education.  Dibble works with funders to recruit sites in geographic areas that aligned with the funder’s priorities.  BBF cans can be implemented fairly quickly (3-6 months) in local setting depending on whether the teacher has used Dibble materials before and when during the school year they receive the curriculum. It will take 3-5 years to establish the program in a regional or state level.

To meet BBF's scaling goals, the organization seeks the following additional funds:

  • Year One:  $63,985 (one BBF site)
  • Year Two:  $134,369 (two BBF sites)
  • Year Three: $203,154 (three BBF sites)
  • Year Four:  $275,439 (four BBF sites)
  • Year Five:  $350,849 (five BBF sites)
  • TOTAL over five years:  $1,032,545

Location of Sites

National Office: 
PO Box 7881
Berkeley, CA 94707-0881
Phone: 800-695-7975
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

Locations in the following states:

California

Idaho

Indiana

Kansas

Michigan

Missouri

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Tennessee

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wyoming

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$10,700
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$463,211
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$473,911

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$409,399
Occupancy: 
$0
Travel & Entertainment: 
$24,560
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$8,027
Telephone & Communications: 
$14,837
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$0
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$456,823

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$17,088

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$784,101
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$338,772
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$1,122,873

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$456,147
Occupancy: 
$0
Travel & Entertainment: 
$33,960
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$16,495
Telephone & Communication: 
$19,338
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$642,936
Total Expenses: 
$1,168,876

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-46,003

Major Funders

Sales of curricula and teacher trainings make up the vast majority of non-grant funding (99%). The remainder is made up of donations from donor advised funds and individuals.