The following resources are available to any agency seeking to improve the evidence-based content of their programs, or any individual seeking to determine the effectiveness of a particular program.
A major development in the identification of promising programs was the publication of the first set of Blueprints by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado. The original group of Blueprint “proven” programs included 10 programs that met rigorous criteria for proving their effectiveness and were prepared to help others to replicate their models. A program is not considered proven by Blueprints until: 1) it has demonstrated its impact on problem behaviors with a rigorous experimental design; 2) the impacts have been shown to persist after youth leave the program; and 3) the program has been successfully replicated in another site. The current Blueprints web site (www.colorado.edu/cspv/blueprints/) lists 10 Model programs and 20 Promising programs. The design, research evidence, and implementation requirements for each model are available on the site.
The Washington State Institute for Public Policy is a government agency that conducts analyses for the Washington State Legislature. For the past few years these studies have included systematic reviews of the evaluation literature for prevention and intervention programs as well as cost-benefit studies where the appropriate data is available. These studies are all available on the Washington State Institute for Public Policy website at www.wsipp.org.
Changing Lives: Delinquency Prevention as Crime Control Policy (link Amazon order page can be found on my website (www.greenwoodassociates.org) (2007), published by the University of Chicago Press, was authored by AAEBP Executive Director Peter Greenwood. and describes the development, effectiveness and politics of the evidence-based practice movement.
During the next year AAEBP will be developing web based tools for program assessment and quality assurance.