Professional Resources

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  • Promising Practices Network – Compilation of promising, proven and other reviewed programs by various outcome areas, indicators and topic areas.



LifeCourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS): Programs That Work – Or Don’t – To Enhance Children’s Development

Child Trends – This website includes a continually updated database of programs that work – or don’t – to enhance children’s development; snapshot charts of programs with modest to large effect sizes that work for various outcomes across the lifecourse; bibliography of publications that synthesize  the lessons learned from experimentally evaluated programs in the LINKS database; and a matrix of interventions that work (according to varied evidence-based registries and resources) to enhance children’s development across the lifecourse.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) – Evidence-based practices for healthcare across the lifespan, including adolescence and young adulthood.

Guide to Community Preventive Services
Evidence-based practices for health issues across the lifespan including adolescence.

Registries of Effective Programs in Reducing Youth Risk Behaviors
Descriptions and links to youth-focused programs that are recommended based on expert opinion or review of research evidence. CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health.

SAHMSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Program and Practices
Searchable online registry of more than 240 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors Among Adolescents: Seven Strategies
Child Trends, Publication #2011-24 September 2011
Includes:  Discussion of individual, family, peer, school and community factors that act as risk or protective factors for addressing multiple risky behaviors among adolescents; Bibliography; Links to examples of strategies discussed.

Integrating Evidence-Based Clinical and Community Strategies to Improve Health
US Preventative Services Taskforce (first published in the American Journal of Preventive MedicineOckene et al)

Contents include: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Preventive Services; Social-Ecological Perspective; Case Studies; A Call for Integration of Clinical and Community-Based Strategies

Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Schools and Communities
Inman et al, Am J Prev Med 2011;40(2):207–219) 

Best Practices for Youth Friendly Clinical Services, 2009
Advocates for youth 

Advocates for youth
Programs that work in helping young people prevent pregnancy, HIV, and STDs

Compilations of State Specific Evidence Based Programs
California Healthy Kids – Research Validated Programs

Evidence Based Prevention Strategies
Northeastern Illinois University
This site compiles evidence based strategies that can be readily incorporated into the K-12 Real Life Issue Curriculum Infusion (CI) model, a process of seamlessly integrating pressing life issues such as substance abuse, violence, HIV/AIDS, social ostracism and bullying into k-12 classes across subject areas.

Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Evidence Based  Prevention Programs
This model program summary matrix is an expansion of the SAMHSA/CSAP and Western CAPT model program summaries identified on their web sites, specific to programs eligible for funding under the WI State Incentive Grant.

Includes: Rating Criteria for Evidence-Based Programs; Selecting a Model Program; Core Components of a Model Program, Matrix of Available Model Programs. 

Compilations of Promising/Evidence Based Programs Addressing Specific Health Issues/Behaviors

Promising-Evidence HIV Behavioral Interventions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC has identified 23 promising-evidence individual- and group-level interventions and 5 promising-evidence community-level interventions hat meet the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) Project’s efficacy criteria.

Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs: Initial Evidence Lessons from Evidence-Based Research, 2008

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse brief authored by Child Trends
This brief identifies ten common features of “model” and “promising” programs for teen fathers. Eighteen fatherhood programs were assessed and, of these, one was identified as a “model” program and three as “promising” programs.

Effective Programs

Sociometrics’ archives of effective programs are a research-to-practice initiative aimed at assembling in one place—for public dissemination, distribution, and replication—outstanding prevention programs in key health areas.  Health areas include:

  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention (PASHA) – A collection of 39 promising teen pregnancy and STI/HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention (HAPPA) – A collection of 13 effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs for adults.
  • Youth Substance Abuse (YSAPPA) – A collection of 12 effective substance abuse prevention programs for youth (pre-teens, teens and young adults).
  • Children’s Emotional Disorders (CEDETA) – A collection of 9 effective psychosocial treatment programs shown to reduce anxiety, depression and other internalizing disorders in children and adolescents ages 6 to 18.
  • HIV RAP – HIV Research and Prevention Library (HIV RAP) is a comprehensive library of research and prevention resources in a single online collection.

An online Search Assistant, funded by Advocates for Youth, helps you locate programs from the HAPPA and PASHA archives that best meet your needs based on key criteria you specify.

Emerging Answers: Research Findings on Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2007

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Dr.Douglas Kirby reviewed 115 program evaluations to determine the characteristics shared by effective programs. He found that many programs which support both abstinence and contraceptive use have been proven effective; that none of the programs led to increased sexual activity or earlier onset of sex; and that as yet no abstinence-only program has been found effective.




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