Evidence-Based Programs

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Blueprints for Violence Prevention - University of Colorado

  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention, is a project of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado designed to answer the question "what works?'". The Blueprints mission is to identify truly outstanding violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness. In doing so, Blueprints serves as a resource for governments, foundations, businesses, and other organizations trying to make informed judgments about their investments in violence and drug prevention programs.

Colorado Best Practices - Office of Interagency Prevention Systems

  • The Office of Interagency Prevention Systems website was developed to provide assistance to local communities through information on Best Practices for prevention and intervention strategies, programs, and interventions that serve the needs of children and youth.

Crime Solutions.gov

  • The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find:
    • Research on program effectiveness reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers
    • Easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program achieves its goals
    • Key program information and research findings

Find Youth Info.gov

  • Offers Federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships in your efforts to support youth.
  • FindYouthInfo.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 12 federal departments and 6 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth.
  • Advice for Implementing and Adapting Evidence-Based Programs

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agencies (SAMHSA) offers the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) to help local organizations make informed decisions about evidence-based interventions. The registry is a searchable database of evidence-based practices in prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide

  • The OJJDP Model Programs Guide is a user-friendly, online designed to assist practitioners, schools and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The Guide profiles more than 175 prevention and intervention programs that address a range of issues, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.
  • Users can search the Guide's database by program category, target population, risk and protective factors, effectiveness rating, and other parameters.

Program Impact Tools

  • Provided by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), launched in 2013
  • Evaluation is an important step in the development and improvement of youth programs. Since organizations have limited budgets, it is beneficial to know whether or not resources are being allocated to programs that are effective.  Use these tools to assess the effectiveness of your programs.

Understanding Evidence

  • Created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention.
  • Understanding Evidence is a free, online resource that offers local practitioners and others working to prevent violence knowledge and resources for using evidence in their decision-making processes. The tool is intended primarily for those working in violence prevention, however the concept is applicable to anyone wishing to learn more about evidence-based programs and decision making.
  • The goals of the tool are to enable a learner to:
    • Define the three types of evidence involved in evidence based decision-making
    • Identify standards of rigor across the key dimensions that make up the best available research evidence
    • Identify sources of and ways to collect best available research evidence, contextual evidence, and experiential evidence
    • Identify key stages and characteristics of an evidence based decision-making process.
  • CSSRC Staff Review 6/17/13

U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools' Exemplary and Promising Programs

  • The U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program had used an expert panel process to identify programs that should be promoted nationally as promising or exemplary (2001). A 15-member expert panel oversaw a valid and reliable process for identifying effective school-based programs that promote healthy students and safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools. Using this process, the panel identified 9 exemplary and 33 promising programs in 2001.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

What Works Clearinghouse

  • As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.


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