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Model and Promising Programs

Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention : A Sourcebook for Community Action
Best Practices is the first of its kind to look at the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring. These programs are drawn from real-world experiences of professionals and advocates who have successfully worked to prevent violence among children and adolescents. As a CDC publication, the sourcebook also documents the science behind each best practice and offers a comprehensive directory of resources for more information about programs that have used these practices. 

Blueprints for Violence Prevention
Sets a standard for exemplary, research-based violence and drug programs and for implementing these programs with fidelity to the models. By The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. Funded by OJJDP. Selection criteria - Model Programs: 1) evidence of deterrent effect with a strong research design, 2) sustained effect, and 3) multiple site replication. Promising Programs: only  No. 1.

Effective Family Programs for Prevention of Delinquency
Results of the 1999 search for "best practice" family strengthening programs by program type and age group; Prepared by The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Links and two-page summaries of family-focused programs that have been proven to be effective.

 Exemplary and Promising Programs
US Department of Education list evaluation criteria: Evidence of efficacy, quality of program, educational significance, and usefulness to others.

Exemplary, Model, and Promising Programs to Strengthen Families
Child, Adolescent, and Family Program. Promotes and ensures that the mental health needs of children and their families are met within the context of community-based systems of care.
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Healthy Start
The Healthy Start Initiative was established in 1991 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Public Health Service. The initiative's primary purpose was to reduce infant mortality by 50 percent and generally improve maternal and infant health in at-risk communities.

Maryland Blueprints Manual 
The Maryland Blueprints web site is designed to help community planning groups select youth-focused prevention programs based on their individual goals and objectives. The programs included in this site have been shown by research to reduce or prevent substance use/abuse, crime, delinquency and/or anti-social behavior.

Model School-Based Mental Health Programs That Make A Difference
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) publication Exemplary Mental Health Programs: School Psychologists As Mental Health Providers is in response to the growing demand by policy makers and school administrators for programs that make a sustained contribution to the development and achievement of children. As the federal government makes decisions about funding Safe And Drug Free Schools and Title I, they are demanding that school districts implement programs that are research-based and proven to work.

Prevention Strategies that Work
Describes prevention practices that K-8 public school administrators have found to be effective in accelerating school performance, increasing readiness for learning, and reducing problem behaviors; Derives from six different research partnerships between public schools and universities across the United States. Each team focused on students with -- and at risk of developing --emotional and behavioral disorders. Compiled by the Center For Effective Collaboration And Practice (CECP). All projects in this guide received funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

The Promising Practices in After-School (or "PPAS") System
An effort to find and share ideas, activities and practices that are working in after-school programs. The PPAS website is for after-school program directors, youth workers, teachers, parents, community members and others interested in improving the quality of after school programs.

Promising Practices Network - Research Brief
Links to short summaries of research findings or synthetic summaries of research, organized by the five result areas used in the Promising and Proven Programs section.

Safe and Sound
An Educational Leader's Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning Programs. Pre-publication available for viewing. By The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

SAMHSA Model Programs
Features programs that have been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across America, and have provided solid proof that they have prevented or reduced substance abuse and other related high-risk behaviors and created positive change in the lives of youth. Programs included have been reviewed by SAMHSA's National Registry of Effective Programs (NREP). This Web site serves as a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in learning about and/or implementing these programs.

Systems of Care – Promising Practices in Children’s Mental Health 
Monographs for 2001: 1) Wraparound: Stories from the Field, 2) Learning from Families: Identifying Service Strategies for Success, 3) Promising Practices in Early Childhood Mental Health. Each available for download free of charge. Executive Summaries are available to browse online in both English and Spanish.  Hard copies $12.

Summarizes the state of the science on youth violence and prevention.  Identifies science-based strategies that can be implemented by parents, schools, and communities to decrease the risk of youth violence. Describes specific programs that meet criteria for Model and Promising Categories. Selection criteria - Model Programs: 1) Rigorous experimental design, 2) significant deterrent effects on violence or serious delinquency, 3) any risk factor for violence with large effect sizes (.30 or greater), 4) replication with demonstrated effects and sustainability of effects. Promising Programs: The same as Model Programs with the 2 differences: 1) Significant deterrent effects on any risk factor for violence with an effective size of .10 or greater, 2) either replication or sustainability of effects.

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