A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

Prevention of Mental Health Disorders Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

A list of organizations’ websites that cover prevention of mental health disorders evidence-based practices (EBPs).

The Campbell Collaboration

“The international Campbell Collaboration (C2) is a non-profit organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral, and educational arenas. C2’s objectives are to prepare, maintain, and disseminate systematic reviews of studies of interventions.”

  • International site
  • Intended for: those implementing interventions in the behavioral, social, and educational fields
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews

Go to the Campbell Collaboration

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder

“The Blueprints Initiative sets a gold standard for implementing exemplary, research-based violence and drug programs, and for implementing these programs with fidelity to the models. The work that is being conducted will help to bridge the gap between knowledge (research) and practice, and inform the users of programs of the barriers that must be overcome in order to achieve maximum success.”

  • Intended for: program implementers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual technical assistance (TA) available
  • Provides guidance on staffing

Go to the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

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Child Trends

“Child Trends’ Lifecourse Model presents our extensive knowledge about programs found to ‘work’ to enhance children’s development, in a user-friendly format… This approach is built on the concept that child development is a cumulative process that begins before birth and continues into young adulthood.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: policy makers, program designers, and funders
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • References related to EBPs

Go to Child Trends

The SAMHSA Division of Workplace Programs

“The Workplace Resource Center provides centralized access to information about drug-free workplaces and related topics. Find information on drug-testing, drug-free workplace programs, federal programs, prevention research, and substance abuse.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available (free/for fee)
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the SAMHSA Division of Workplace Programs

Find Youth Info

“Helping America’s Youth is a nationwide effort, initiated by former President George W. Bush and led by former First Lady Laura Bush, to benefit children and teenagers by encouraging action in three key areas: family, school, and community. [This] Community Guide to Helping America’s Youth helps communities build partnerships, assess their needs and resources, and select from program designs that could be replicated in their community. It walks community groups through the steps necessary for building strong supports for youth.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: communities
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • References related to EBPs

Go to Find Youth Info

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

“The documents linked from this page describe some of the clinical treatment and trauma-informed service approaches implemented by National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant sites to reduce the impact of exposure to traumatic events on children and adolescents.”

  • Intended for: program planners addressing the needs of traumatized children
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing

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National Guideline Clearinghouse, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

“The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.”

  • Intended for: physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others searching for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • Provides behavioral disciplines and activities

Go to the National Guideline Clearinghouse

The National Implementation Research Network

“The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices.”

  • Intended for: researchers, program developers, and stakeholders interested in or engaged in the development, research, implementation, and replication of evidence-based programs and practices
  • Individual TA available
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the National Implementation Research Network

New Zealand Guidelines Group

”The New Zealand Guidelines Group leads a movement towards the delivery of high quality health and disabilities service throughout New Zealand through a change of culture based on evidence and effectiveness.”

  • International site
  • Intended for: clinicians, providers, consumers, and researchers
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes resources necessary for implementation
  • References related to EBPs

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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

“The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)’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 evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry.”

  • Intended for: juvenile justice practitioners, administrators, and researchers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Includes the OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide and Database

Go to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services

“The Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) has compiled information and links to assist consumers in becoming informed about mental health disorders, and to assist consumers in becoming healthy, safe, and independent individuals. The information will also assist policy makers and providers to work toward further education, share and expand current treatment efforts, and assist consumers in everyday needs.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: consumers, policymakers, providers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • References related to EBPs
  • Mental health evidence-based practices

Go to Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services

OTseeker, The University of Queensland

“OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. In one database, OTseeker provides you with fast and easy access to trials from a wide range of sources.”

  • International site
  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: those interested in occupational therapy interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • References related to EBPs

Go to OTseeker

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Promising Practices Network

“The Promising Practices Network (PPN) is dedicated to providing quality evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. The PPN site features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children… carefully screened for scientific rigor, relevance, and clarity.”

  • Intended for: policymakers, service providers, and other decision makers at all levels who care about improving outcomes for children and families
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides guidance on staffing

Go to the Promising Practices Network

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

“SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a voluntary rating and classification system designed to provide the public with reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of interventions that prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. Descriptive information and quantitative ratings are provided across several key areas for all interventions reviewed by NREPP.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: states, territories, community-based organizations, and other interested stakeholders
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement

Go to the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

“SCIE works with people and organizations throughout the social care sector to identify useful information, research, and examples of good practice. SCIE’s work covers the breadth of social care including services for adults, children and families, participation, human resource development, social work education, e-learning, and the use of knowledge in social care.”

  • International site
  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: practitioners, researchers, service users, and policy makers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides guidance on staff training
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Social Care Institute for Excellence

Social Programs That Work, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy

“The central problem that the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy seeks to address is that U.S. social programs are often implemented with little regard to rigorous evidence, costing billions of dollars yet failing to address critical needs of our society in areas such as education, crime, substance abuse, and poverty reduction.… This site summarizes the findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials that, in our view, have particularly important policy implications.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: policy makers and practitioners
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to Social Programs That Work

Strengthening America’s Families: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program

“…You will find two page summaries of family-focused programs which have been proven to be effective…The programs are divided into categories based upon the degree, quality, and outcomes of research associated with them. You will also find a program matrix. This may be helpful to you in determining ‘at a glance’ which programs may best meet your community needs.”

  • Intended for: those searching for effective family-based programs that address prevention of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Makes individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • Model programs guide

Go to Strengthening America’s Families

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Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

“The Registry of Evidence-Based Practices in Suicide Prevention Programs (EBPP) is a collaboration between SPRC and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to identify and classify effective suicide prevention programs through a structured, multi-disciplinary review process. Programs are reviewed for their quality and utility, using criteria adapted from guidelines developed by the National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs (NREPP).”

  • Intended for: health and human service professionals, community leaders, survivors, advocates, researchers, prevention professionals, policymakers, and interested individuals
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing

Go to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)

“TACSEI 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.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: those implementing interventions with children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes resources necessary for implementation
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General

“The mission of the Surgeon General is to protect and improve the public health of the nation, and this report was developed within the responsibilities and spirit of that mission. Chapter 5 identifies a set of standards based on scientific consensus and applies those standards to the literature… to identify with confidence general strategies and programs that work, that are promising, or that do not.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: public health professionals
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • References related to EBPs

Go to Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General

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Last Updated: 07/01/2014