A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

Substance Abuse Prevention Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

A list of organizations’ websites that cover substance abuse prevention evidence-based practices (EBPs).

California Healthy Kids Resource Center

“The California Healthy Kids Resource Center was established to assist schools in promoting health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of an individual to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services, and the competence to use such information and services in ways that are health-enhancing.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: teachers, administrators, university faculty, and other professionals who work with preschool through 12th grade students
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Links intact
  • Research Validated Programs

Go to the California Healthy Kids Resource Center

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 Cochrane Collaboration

“The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organization dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.”

  • International site
  • Intended for: health service providers, consumers, research funding agencies, departments of health, international organizations, universities, and anyone else making decisions about healthcare for those who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior
  • Provides descriptions of interventions/reviews
  • Transparent reviews
  • Individual technical assistance (TA) available
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Cochrane Collaboration

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 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

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Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)

“IRETA is a non-profit organization that works with national, state, and local partners to improve recognition, prevention, treatment, research and policy related to addiction and recovery.”

  • Intended for: the substance abuse field (best practice treatment resources)
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual technical assistance available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staff training
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions

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

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

“NIDA, in cooperation with prevention scientists, presents examples of research-based programs that feature a variety of strategies proven to be effective. Each program was developed as part of a research study, which demonstrated that over time youth who participated in the programs had better outcomes than those who did not.”

  • Intended for: those working in drug abuse prevention
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Provides guidance on staffing

Go to the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Task Force on College Drinking, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

“The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) created the Task Force on College Drinking in 1998 to provide research-based information about the nature and extent of dangerous (college) drinking. The task force comprises college presidents, researchers, and students.”

  • Intended for: high school and college administrators, students, parents, community leaders, policymakers, researchers, members of the retail beverage industry, and public health professionals
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • References related to EBPs
  • Recommended strategies

Go to NIAAA: College Drinking

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. This report 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