Resources for Policymakers & Program Developers

Are you searching for resources to inform policy or program development? Here’s a listing of websites which provide information on evidence-based programs and practices, available data, and recommendations for effective programming and policies.

Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Blueprints for Violence Prevention    The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado 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. Blueprints staff systematically and continuously review the research on violence and drug abuse programs to determine which are exemplary and grounded in evidence. To date, it has assessed more than 900 programs.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The MPG database of over 200 evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry.
National Registry for Evidence-based Prevention Programs (NREPP)    NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 230 evidence-based interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration - Substance Abuse Prevention    This website provides an alphabetical listing of evidence-based practices for substance abuse prevention.
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration - Mental Health Promotion    This website provides an alphabetical listing of evidence-based practices for the promotion of mental health.
Promising Practices Network    The Promising Practices Network (PPN) site features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children and are carefully screened for scientific rigor, relevance, and clarity.
Find Youth Info is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you asses community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up to date on the latest, youth-related news.
ChildTrends    Founded in 1979, Child Trends helps keep the nation focused on children and their needs by identifying emerging issues; evaluating important programs and policies; and providing data-driven, evidence-based guidance on policy and practice.
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Youth Children    The Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to raise the awareness and implementation of positive, evidence-based practices and to build an enhanced and more accessible database to support those practices.
The Campbell Collaboration    The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. Campbell is based on voluntary cooperation among researchers of a variety of backgrounds. Campbell's strategic and policy making body is the Steering Group.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center -- Best Practices Registry    The purpose of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The BPR is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). It is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
National Institute of Drug Abuse    This website presents several examples of treatment approaches and components that have an evidence base supporting their efficacy. Each approach is designed to address certain aspects of drug addiction and its consequences for the individual, family, and society. Some of the approaches are intended to supplement or enhance existing treatment programs, and others are fairly comprehensive in and of themselves.
KidsCount Data Center    Access hundreds of measures of child well-being for states and communities.
The Community Guide    The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve outcomes in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer which program and policy interventions have been proven effective, are there effective interventions that are right for my community, and what might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?
The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-CENTRE)    The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. Since 1993, they have been at the forefront of carrying out systematic reviews and developing review methods in social science and public policy.
National Association of County and City Health Officials,Model Programs Database    A guide to model / promising practices that is searchable by state, type, year, or keyword.
Pew Partnership for Civic Change    Solutions for America is a website designed to provide information to community leaders on what works to create healthy families and children, thriving neighborhoods, living-wage jobs, and viable economies.
Healthy    Find evidence-based information and recommendations related to adolescent health, including substance use, bullying, and violence prevention.
RTI-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC)    The RTI-UNC EPC provides summations of scientific evidence for a variety of healthcare topics. It is one of thirteen evidence-based practice centers sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Preventing Underage Drinking: Using Getting to Outcomes with the SAMSHA Strategic Prevention Framework to Achieve Results    For in-depth information on some Evidence-Based Environmental Strategies to prevent underage drinking, see p. 29-37 of this manual:
Violence Prevention    The purpose of this website is to provide a violence prevention resource for policy makers, practitioners and others working to tackle and prevent violence.
Center for Disease Control: Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes    This compendium provides researchers and prevention specialists with a set of tools to assess violence-related beliefs, behaviors, and influences, as well as to evaluate programs to prevent youth violence.
Community Toolbox    The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.
National Implementation Research Network    The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to contribute to the best practices and science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention to improve outcomes across the spectrum of human services.
Rand Corporation    The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND research on children covers the prenatal period up to age 18 and includes areas such as child health and the role of the family unit, neighborhoods, and communities in influencing child well-being. RAND's family-focused research covers additional topics such as marriage and divorce, senior care, and family finances.
Washington State Institute for Public Policy    The Institute’s mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research—at legislative direction—on issues of importance to Washington State. The Institute conducts research using its own policy analysts and economists, specialists from universities, and consultants. Current areas of staff expertise include: education, criminal justice, welfare, children and adult services (including juvenile justice), health, utilities, and general government.
US Census Data    This site provides access to tools to explore US Census data down to the block level.
The OJJDP's Socioeconomic Mapping & Resource Topography (SMART) System    The SMART System is a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based issues management system, developed to support the early identification of emerging local issues and provide resources to assist decision makers with implementing both rapid response and long-term plans.