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1 Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence University of Colorado Boulder

2  Blueprints Background  Blueprints Criteria  Program Registries  Advantages of Evidence-Based Programs  Blueprints Website  Blueprints Contact Information

3  1996: With OJJDP funding, began identifying effective youth violence, delinquency, and drug prevention programs  2011: With Annie E. Casey Foundation funding, expanded outcomes to academic, emotional well-being, and physical health programs

4  About 1,200 youth prevention programs have been reviewed.  37 programs meet the promising program criteria.  10 programs meet the model program criteria: ◦ Brief Alcohol Screening for College Students (BASICS) ◦ Functional Family Therapy (FFT) ◦ LifeSkills Training (LST) ◦ Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) ◦ Multisystemic Therapy (MST) ◦ New Beginnings (for children of divorce) ◦ Nurse-Family Partnership ◦ Positive Action ◦ Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) ◦ Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND)  Detailed information about each program available at

5  Tension in Setting a Standard ◦ Low Standard – more programs, greater risk of failure ◦ High Standard – fewer programs, greater certainty when going to scale (Blueprints)  Blueprints Standard Widely Recognized as Most Rigorous ◦ Exhaustive literature search ◦ Internal review ◦ External review – advisory board

6  Model Program Criteria ◦ Strong research design - two randomized control trials (RCT), or one RCT & one quasi-experimental design ◦ Effects sustained at least 1 year post-treatment  Promising Program Criteria ◦ Strong research design – one randomized control trial, or two quasi-experimental design studies

7  Evaluation Quality ◦ Selection bias ◦ Baseline equivalence ◦ Sample Ns described at each stage ◦ Differential attrition ◦ Intent to treat analysis ◦ Analysis at proper level ◦ Measures valid and reliable ◦ Measures independent from delivery of intervention

8  Intervention Specificity – clearly identifies ◦ Targeted outcomes ◦ Targeted risk and protective factors ◦ Theoretical mechanisms (program components) ◦ Targeted population  Intervention Impact ◦ Preponderance of evidence from high-quality study - Consistent across multiple outcomes and reporters ◦ No evidence of harmful effects ◦ Behavioral outcomes (not attitudes)

9  Dissemination Readiness ◦ Organizational capacity ◦ Materials ◦ Training and TA ◦ Quality assurance (fidelity)

10 Program registries:  Vary in focus (specific outcomes)  Vary in criteria  Vary in labeling Resource: Matrix of Federal and Privately Rated Programs (on Blueprints website, Resources page, at

11 Matrix of Programs (Updated 7/13) Coalition for Evidence- Based Policy Blueprints for Healthy Youth Develop. NREPP- SAMHSA OJJDP Model Programs Guide Office of Justice Programs Crimesolutions. gov Aban Aya Youth Project Promising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Across Ages Promising Active Parenting Now Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action Promising Adolescent Community Reinforcement Effective Adolescent Coping with Depression (CWA-D) Promising

12 Matrix of Programs (Updated 7/13) Coalition for Evidence- Based Policy Blueprints for Healthy Youth Develop. NREPP- SAMHSA OJJDP Model Programs Guide Office of Justice Programs Crimesolutions.gov Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) Effective Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) Top TierModel Effective Multidisciplinary Team Home Run Program Promising Multimodal Substance Abuse Prevention Promising Multi-site Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE) Promising Multisystemic Therapy Model Effective

13  Assurance that program works  Cost-benefit data available - WSIPP modest portfolio of EBPs will save nearly $480 million over 20 years  Packaged/manualized materials available  Training and TA available  Quality assurance (fidelity)

14 Easy-to-use program searches identifying programs that match  Risk and protective factors  Outcomes achieved  Type of program  Targeted population (gender, ethnicity, age)

15 Each Blueprints program has information on:  program description and goals  risk and protective factors  logic model  outcomes achieved  training and technical assistance  contact information  costs and funding strategies  cost-benefit  full write-ups describing all program evaluations

16  Every two years  April 14-16, 2014, in Denver, CO  Brings together program developers, implementers, policy-makers, and others interested in EBPs

17  Sharon Mihalic, Blueprints Director  Delbert Elliott, PI University of Colorado Boulder 483 UCB Boulder, CO


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