Issue No. 10

 




We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our certified interventions and process at Blueprints.

Leadership Letter:
Greetings from Pamela Buckley and Karl Hill

To promote public interest in experimentally proven interventions and make our efforts more accessible, we launched on May 21, 2019 an upgraded website in order to fulfill our mission of promoting interventions that work. We even created a seven-minute webinar to ease in the transition of helping individuals navigate our new site. Check out the webinar below.

 

Webinar: Navigating the upgraded Blueprints website

We are thrilled to have your support in spreading the word about our shared efforts to ensure that young people, families and communities have access to evidence-based interventions that help them reach their full potential. Here are a few ways you can spread the word about Blueprints now that we have officially launched our upgraded site:


Write an Article

If your organization publishes an e-newsletter or blog, consider writing an article on Blueprints and how it relates to your work. You are welcome to use the following text, or send an email to blueprints@colorado.edu to receive the official press release:

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Sets High Standards for Empirically-Proven Interventions
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is an online database designed to help public agencies, schools, community organizations and individuals easily identify cost-effective interventions that meet the highest standard of evidence for helping young people reach their full potential. The Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to announce the launch of a more mobile friendly and accessible website for Blueprints. The website offers information on how to search for effective interventions that address a range of outcomes, including education, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships, in addition to problem behaviors such as reducing criminal delinquency and recidivism rates. New to the site is an expanded classification system that includes information on interventions reviewed but lacking strong evidence. As such, Blueprints now offers information on a continuum of evidence, from having no credible evaluations, to having inconclusive evidence, to having very strong experimental evidence.

Post a Link
You can link our website to your resource page or another section of your website.


Include Blueprints in Presentations
Take a couple screenshots of the Blueprints website and include them in your presentations or connect online to demonstrate how government agencies, schools, community organizations and individuals can use Blueprints to identify interventions that meet the needs of your local community.


If you have other ideas for promoting the Blueprints website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you as always for your support.

Regards,


Pamela Buckley, PhD
Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Pamela.Buckley@colorado.edu


Karl G. Hill, PhD
Principal Investigator
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Karl.Hill@Colorado.edu

Have you seen the new & improved Blueprints website?
We have received a lot of great feedback on the upgraded Blueprints website launched this spring with support from Arnold Ventures.

We would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete our website survey to let us know your thoughts about the site in order to develop more comprehensive feedback.

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Call for Breakout Speakers
Submissions for the 2020 Blueprints Conference, scheduled for April 27-29, 2020 in Denver, CO are now open. The deadline to submit an application is October 4, 2019.

Submit Your Proposal

Blueprints Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors
The 2020 Blueprints Conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available to increase your organization’s visibility during the conference, as well as to support our mission to provide a first-class conference that offers continuing education and networking opportunities for model and promising experimentally-proven interventions.

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Featured Model Program
Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)

Blueprints Certified: 1997
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School, Late Adolescence (15-18) – High School
Program Outcome: Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use, Teen Pregnancy
Tobacco, Violence 

A therapeutic foster care program with the goal of reuniting families, reducing delinquency and teen violence, and increasing prosocial behavior and participation in prosocial activities through behavioral parent training and support for foster parents, family therapy for biological parents, skills training and supportive therapy for youth, and school-based behavioral interventions and academic support.

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Featured Promising Program
PROSPER (Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience)

Blueprints Certified: 2014
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Close Relationships with Parents, Conduct Problems, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use, Tobacco

A delivery system that attempts to foster implementation of evidence-based youth and family interventions, complete with ongoing needs assessments, monitoring of implementation quality and partnership functions, and evaluation of intervention outcomes.

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Dr. Velma McBride Murry Speaks on Scaling up Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings
Blueprints recently partnered with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence to host Blueprints Advisory Board Member Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D., from Vanderbilt University to give a talk at University of Colorado Boulder titled “Scaling Up Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings.” Dr. Murry discussed the delicate balance of modifying programs to match cultural contexts and social trends without interfering with program effectiveness.

Watch the Full Talk

Blueprints Interventions in the News
Recent articles and web postings featuring Blueprints Model Plus, Model and Promising interventions:

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is developed and managed by the University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Science, with current funding from Arnold Ventures and former funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Each intervention included in the database has been reviewed carefully by an independent advisory panel that looked at research on the intervention’s impact, practical focus and potential for implementation in public systems.

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Maryland Ignition Interlock License Restriction

Maryland Ignition Interlock License Restriction is a statewide license restriction program for drivers with multiple alcohol-related traffic offenses that is designed to reduce alcohol-impaired driving recidivism. The use of ignition interlock license restrictions requires those with previous alcohol-related driving offenses to pass a breath analyzer test of blood alcohol levels before starting a vehicle. The program further requires that drivers who are applying for reinstatement of their driving licenses install the ignition interlock system in their vehicle and continue to use it for two years before they are eligible for reinstatement.

The ignition interlock device requires a potential driver to blow into a breath alcohol sensor connected to the vehicle’s ignition system before the vehicle’s engine will start. An on-board computer analyzes the alcohol concentration of the driver’s breath and compares it to a set point, usually .02 grams per deciliter. If the alcohol concentration is above the set point or the driver does not provide a breath sample, the interlock prevents the vehicle engine from starting. Ignition interlocks are comprised of four basic elements: 1) A breath alcohol sensor installed in the passenger compartment of a vehicle and connected to a control unit in the engine compartment that allows the engine to start only upon an acceptable breath test; 2) A tamper-proof system for mounting the control unit in the engine compartment; 3) A data-recording system that logs breath test results, tests compliance, and collects other state-mandated data; and 4) A retest system which, after the engine has started, requires the driver to provide additional breath samples (generally every 10 to 15 minutes) to ensure that the driver remains alcohol-free. Several minutes are provided for the driver to exit traffic and move to a safe location for retesting.

The qualifying studies for Blueprints were Beck et al. (1999) and Rauch et al. (2011), which conducted evaluations of the program in the state of Maryland by randomly assigning 1, 387 and 1,927 drivers to treatment or control groups, respectively. Beck et al. (1999) reported that drivers with the ignition interlock system were significantly less likely to recidivate in the year in which they had the system installed as compared to the control group, and this benefit was maintained in the following year after system removal. Results for Rauch et al. (2011) showed that drivers with two years of interlock installation, relative to controls, had a lower hazard of committing an alcohol-related offense with sustained effects two years following the intervention period.

Citations:
Beck, K. H., Rauch, W. J., Baker, E. A., & Williams, A. F. (1999). Effects of ignition interlock license restrictions on drivers with multiple alcohol offenses: A randomized trial in Maryland. American Journal of Public Health, 89, 1696-1700.

Rauch, W. J., Ahlin, E. M., Zador, P. L., Howard, J. M., & Duncan, G. D. (2011). Effects of administrative ignition interlock license restrictions on drivers with multiple alcohol offenses. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 7,127-148.

Read the Program Fact Sheet

Return to Blueprints Bulletin Issue 8. December 2018.

Issue No. 8




We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

Leadership Letter:
Greetings from Pamela Buckley and Karl Hill

It is with great honor and excitement that we write our first newsletter as leaders of Blueprints. In doing so, we reflect on our mission — which is to provide a registry of evidence-based interventions that are effective in reducing antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development and adult maturity — and how our scope has grown over the history of the program.

•  Blueprints began in 1996, through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, with a focus on youth programs designed to prevent violence, delinquency and drug and alcohol use.

•  In 2012, with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we expanded our scope to include positive youth development outcomes such as mental and physical health, self-regulation, and educational achievement.

•  In 2016, with funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, we further expanded our work to include a focus on interventions designed to prevent crime, with an emphasis on reducing the risk of reoffending or other outcomes associated with recidivism, including employment, mental health and substance use.

This newsletter features interventions we have certified that fall within our focus of crime prevention among adult offenders. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay current on recent interventions we certify – as we are constantly updating our registry.

Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,


Pamela Buckley, PhD
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Pamela.Buckley@colorado.edu


Karl G. Hill, PhD
Principal Investigator
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Karl.Hill@Colorado.edu

2018 in Review
By the numbers

We are proud to report that in actively reviewing the program evaluation literature and receiving nominations from the field, we accomplished a lot in 2018! Below is a summary of our year in review.

Interventions Reviewed & Certified in the Past Year

•  Number of Unique Interventions Reviewed = 231
•  Number of Individuals Articles or Reports Reviewed = 305
•  Number of Interventions Certified = 7
Small Schools of Choice (Promising)
Added: Nov. 16, 2018 Learn more
Drug Court: Baltimore City (Promising)
Added: Nov. 12, 2018 Learn more
Offender-Focused Policing (Promising)
Added: Oct. 22, 2018 Learn more
Rochester Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (Promising)
Added: Oct. 8, 2018 Learn more
Early College High School Model (Model Plus)
Added: June 4, 2018 Learn more
ParentCorps (Model)
Added: May 14, 2018 Learn more
HIPTeens (Promising)
Added: Feb. 27, 2018 Learn more

Sights on 2020
Thank you to everyone who made our 2018 Blueprints Conference possible!

We successfully hosted over 600 participants at our 7th bi-annual Blueprints Conference this past April.

All of the presentations and keynote session recordings from the 2018 Blueprints Conference have been uploaded to the conference website, so feel free to check them out.

Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as checking the Conference Website for updates on our next conference, scheduled for April 27-29, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you again at the next Blueprints Conference in 2020!

Featured Model Plus Program
Maryland Ignition Interlock License Restriction

Blueprints Certified: 2016
Ages Served: Adults
Program Outcome: Crime (DUI offenses)

Maryland Ignition Interlock License Restriction is a statewide license restriction program for drivers with multiple alcohol-related traffic offenses that is designed to reduce alcohol-impaired driving recidivism.

Learn more about Maryland Ignition Interlock License Restriction…

Featured Promising Program
Rochester Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (R-FACT)

Blueprints Certified: 2018
Ages Served: Adult
Program Outcome: Crime

Rochester Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (R-FACT) is an outpatient treatment program to reduce recidivism and promote recovery among justice-involved adults with a serious mental illness. The program is an adaptation of assertive community treatment (ACT), developed to prevent psychiatric hospitalization and promote housing stability. However, ACT alone has not been shown to reduce recidivism.

Learn more about Rochester Forensic Assertive Community Treatment…

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
In case you’ve missed them, here are a few newspaper articles and web postings that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model and Promising Programs:

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Issue No. 7




We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

A Letter From Our Director:
Farewell from Sharon Mihalic and Delbert Elliott

 

With retirement upon us, we say goodbye to you with mixed emotions. We are saddened to leave one part of life behind, but also thrilled to look to the future.

We began the Blueprints Initiative in 1996, with no thought at the time of the far-reaching scope of the project. Our success has not been achieved alone.

Through collaborations with major funders such as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as close affiliations with the Blueprints program developers and purveyors, and many others committed to healthy youth development, Blueprints achieved national and international recognition.

We believe that our greatest achievement has been in setting and maintaining a high standard for what it means to be “evidence-based.”

Throughout the years of managing and growing the Blueprints work, our biggest satisfaction has come from the friendships and relationships developed along the way.

We cherish the work and the times together with our Blueprints advisory board members, the program developers and purveyors, and multiple others we have had the pleasure to know and work with, including the wonderful and dedicated staff at our center.

We leave things in great hands with Dr. Pam Buckley, who is taking over as the new Blueprints director and Dr. Karl Hill, who is assuming the role of Blueprints principal investigator. We look forward to watching a new generation of Blueprints.

Going forward, please contact Pam or Karl directly with any Blueprints-related matters.

We cannot thank you enough for all the support of the past two decades. We look forward to watching each Blueprints program continue to grow and make the world a better place through empirically based programs.

Sincerely,

Sharon Mihalic
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
sharon.mihalic@colorado.edu


Dr. Larry Hedges, Blueprints board member and professor of statistics and education and social policy in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, conducted a symposium at CU Boulder on March 16, 2018.

His talk focused on the replicability of experimental research by drawing on a meta-analytic perspective to formalize ideas about the definition of replication and the analysis of replication studies.

 

Featured Model Plus Program
Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Blueprints Certified: 1996
Ages Served: 12-18
Program Outcome: Close Relationships with Parents, Conduct Problems, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Externalizing, Illicit Drug Use, Internalizing, Mental Health – Other, Positive Social/Prosocial Behavior, Prosocial with Peers, Violence

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a juvenile crime prevention program to enhance parenting skills and provide intensive family therapy to troubled teens and delinquent teens in ways that promote prosocial behavior while decreasing youth violence and other antisocial behaviors.

Learn more about Multisystemic Therapy…

Featured Promising Program
Project Northland

Blueprints Certified: 1998
Ages Served: 12-18
Program Outcome: Alcohol
Project Northland provides classroom curricula, peer leadership, youth-driven extra-curricular activities, parent involvement programs, and community activism to reduce teen alcohol use, improve parent-child communication about alcohol use, increase student’s self-efficacy to resist alcohol and understanding of alcohol use norms, and reduce student’s ease of access to alcohol in his/her community.

Learn more about Project Northland…

That’s a wrap!
Thank you to everyone who made our 2018 Blueprints Conference possible.

First, we’d like to sincerely thank everyone who attended our bi-annual Blueprints Conference in April! It was incredible to see everyone again, and the conference was a huge success.

It was bittersweet saying goodbye to Sharon and Del. We are so appreciative of all they have done over the years to further the Blueprints for Youth Development initiative and wish them all the best in their next chapter.

All of the presentations and keynote session recordings from the 2018 Blueprints Conference have been uploaded to the conference website, so feel free to check them out.

We look forward to seeing you again at the next Blueprints Conference in 2020!

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Here are a few articles that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model and Promising Programs:

Legislative Update
Stay Informed

Legislative support is key to the elevation of our programs. We would encourage you to keep an eye on these bills as they progress.

Copyright © 2018 Blueprints Programs, All rights reserved.

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University of Colorado Boulder | Institute of Behavioral Science | Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
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Issue No. 6



We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

A Letter From Our Director:
Achieving successful implementation of a Blueprints program

There is an age-old saying, “It is not what you do, but how well you do it that counts.” This statement is a gentle reminder that we tend to emphasize the outcome of our efforts over the process. Much attention has focused on identifying effective research-based programs. In contrast, there has been much less awareness of the factors needed to successfully implement such programs. In other words, we now know what to implement, but we know very little about how.

The importance of the process of implementation cannot be overstated. In fact, as the adage suggests, the process of implementation influences the product. While programs are often thought of as a uniform set of elements that are provided to clients in a consistent manner, there can be great variability in the manner in which programs are delivered.

Discover more about the positive impact that implementation can have on an evidence-based program.

Sincerely,

Sharon Mihalic
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
sharon.mihalic@colorado.edu

Featured Model Program
LifeSkills Training (LST)

Blueprints Certified: 1998
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use, Sexual Risk Behaviors, STIs, Tobacco, and Violence
LifeSkills Training (LST) is a three-year universal substance abuse and violence prevention program designed to be implemented with middle/junior high school students.

Learn more about LifeSkills Training…

Featured Promising Program
Guiding Good Choices (GGC)

Blueprints Certified: 1999
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Depression, and Illicit Drug Use

Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a family competency training program for parents of children in middle school that gives parents the skills needed to reduce their children’s risk for using alcohol and other drugs.

Learn more about Guiding Good Choices…

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Here are a few articles that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model Programs:

Legislative Update
Stay Informed
Legislative support is key to the elevation of our programs. We would encourage you to keep an eye on these bills as they progress.

Copyright © 2018 Blueprints Programs, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
University of Colorado Boulder | Institute of Behavioral Science | Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309


ParentCorps

A family-centered intervention that is delivered as an enhancement to pre-kindergarten programs serving children living in low-income neighborhoods.

ParentCorps is an evidence-based intervention that enhances Pre-K programs in schools and early education centers serving primarily children of color from low-income communities. It helps the important adults in children’s lives — parents and teachers — to create safe, nurturing and predictable environments at home and in the classroom and improves relationships and communication between parents and teachers. ParentCorps includes three main components: professional learning for leaders, teachers, mental health professionals and parent support staff, parenting program for families of pre-k students, and social-emotional learning classroom curriculum for pre-k students.

For more information visit the factsheet

HIPTeens

HIPTeens is a sexual-risk reduction program that targets nonpregnant, sexually active teenage girls. The program includes four weekly, 120-minute sessions.

HIPTeens is a sexual-risk reduction program that targets nonpregnant, sexually active teenage girls. The program includes four weekly, 120-minute sessions. At 3 and 6 months after the initial intervention, two 90-minute booster sessions are offered. The intervention is delivered in small groups (6-10 girls) by trained program facilitators. The intervention (a) provides HIV and sexual health information, (b) strives to increase motivation to reduce sexual risk behaviors and (c) allows time to practice interpersonal and self-management skills that facilitate sexual risk reduction. The intervention uses developmentally appropriate strategies such as games, group activities and role plays to deliver program content.

For more information visit the factsheet

Open Court Reading

A program that provides elementary grade children with a positive and effective early academic experience and strong, research-based foundation in learning to read by using a set curriculum, training teachers in diagnostics and assessment, and emphasizing professional development in order to reach all learners and prevent struggling readers later.

Open Court Reading (OCR) is a phonic-based K-3 curriculum. It includes age-appropriate materials for students, training in pedagogy for teachers, and workshops for professional development of teachers. The OCR curriculum includes three components: Foundational Skills, Reading and Responding, and Language Arts.

For more information visit the factsheet

Strong African American Families – Teen

A family-centered group preventive intervention for black teens living in rural communities entering high school to prevent conduct problems, substance use, and depressive symptoms, and promote protective sexual behavior efficacy.

The Strong African American Families-Teen (SAAF-T) intervention is a preventive intervention for African-American students living in rural communities entering high school that integrates individual youth skills building, parenting skills training, and family interaction training. SAAF-T involves five group sessions using DVDs where narrators address specific content and actors present family scenarios depicting program-targeted interactions and behaviors. Each meeting includes separate one-hour concurrent training for caregivers and youth, followed by a one-hour conjoint session during which families practice the skills they learned in their separate sessions. The program provides parents and youth with skills that nurture adolescent self-regulation, achievement orientation, and negative attitudes toward substance use and other risk behaviors. One of the units involves a focus on sexual health. The program is interactive involving role-playing activities, guided discussions, and question answering.

For more information visit the factsheet

Nuffield Early Language Intervention

An oral language program to improve children’s vocabulary, narrative skills, active listening, and confidence in independent speaking.

Nuffield Early Language Intervention is a 30-week language intervention program delivered in the final term in Nursery school (ages 3-4) and the first two terms in Reception class (age 5). The program comprises activities targeting spoken language skills for the first 20 weeks, supplemented for the final 10 weeks with training in two critical components of the alphabetic principle, letter-sound knowledge and phoneme awareness. A second 20-week version begins upon entry into primary school, rather than beginning in preschool.

For more information visit the factsheet