Issue No. 14

 


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Leadership Letter: 

This newsletter features results from an online survey conducted in collaboration with our friends at Evidence-Based Associates on Model/Model Plus and Promising Programs’ COVID-19 response.
 
Results show a wide range of modifications to service delivery and implementation strategies.
 
In May and June 2020, Blueprints self-funded a survey conducted with contacts listed for the 17 Model/Model Plus and 77 Promising Programs on how evidence-based interventions have responded to, and begun to plan for, the aftermath of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The survey contained eight questions and 58 of the 94 programs surveyed responded (for a 62 percent response rate). The full survey and aggregated responses can be downloaded by clicking here. Highlights are shared below.
 
Status of the dissemination/implementation 
 
The data show the majority of programs that completed our survey have received requests for changes to the delivery modality and training/support of their intervention, and just under half have experienced new requests for the adoption of their intervention model. None, however, discontinued implementation in the wake of COVID-19 but some reported they suspended their program.
 
Modifications to service delivery 

 
We conducted our survey as many states were experiencing varying levels of stay-at-home orders, schools had been abruptly closed, and most business and childcare facilities were either shut down or beginning to phase in opening plans. As a result, programs were quickly faced with important decisions to ensure the safe continuity of programming while following public health guidelines. Just under one-quarter had not modified the intervention or its delivery due to COVID at the time of our survey. The majority, however, provided online resources, turned to tele-sessions and/or video conferencing, and/or offered online training or lessons to support service delivery. A small percentage started a blog as a forum for conversation.
 
Communication of modifications 
 
Just over half communicated changes to their delivery or services via e-blasts to subscribers. In addition, roughly one-third posted messages on social media and/or their website. A smaller percentage (less than 20 percent) turned to blogging.
 
Impact of modified service delivery on intervention outcomes 
 
More than one-third of survey respondents are either collecting data or plan to collect data soon on the relationship between modifications made due to COVID and intervention outcomes. However, just over one-quarter report they do not have the resources to collect these data.
 
What do programs want to know?
 
We included an open-ended item asking what questions survey participants have of Blueprints or of other Blueprints-certified interventions. Below are some highlights summarizing responses:

  • Programs want to know what instruments others are using to document changes to their delivery model or implementation due to COVID. 
  • How have others handled shifting or confusing billing issues and agency requirements for telemedicine and/or returning to clinics?  
  • What opportunities exist to better understand and learn from COVID-19 regarding implementation and sustainability?
  • How best can programs engage political and community leaders to understand the importance of implementing evidence-based interventions?
  • Have other programs suspended evaluating their Blueprints program? If so, when are they planning on resuming data collection and how do they plan to continue to collect data?
  • What are some effective strategies programs have figured out in adapting to video meetings for maintaining engagement with children, individuals and/or families (depending on the population targeted for the intervention)?

On March 11, 2020, the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 has dramatically changed lives everywhere and touched all aspects of life, from health care and mental health services to education, the environment, and the economy. In this environment of rapidly changing information about the virus, Blueprints seeks to assist evidence-based interventions in sharing our survey data so that we can work together in supporting families and communities through the complexities of this crisis. As we figure out next steps regarding this effort, we encourage others to network and swap ideas. We hope the resources provided by survey respondents and shared in the next section of this newsletter offer helpful tips and ideas.
 
Wishing you safety and health.
 
Sincerely,

 


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
Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Karl.Hill@Colorado.edu

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is hosted 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 Blueprints 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.

Blueprints News & Resources
COVID-19 Response Resources 
In lieu of featuring one Model/Model Plus and one Promising program as we have historically done in each newsletter, below are links to resources provided from survey responses that support evidence-based interventions in offering services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Model/Model Plus Programs
 
Botvin LifeSkills Training (a classroom-based program designed to prevent teenage drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, violence and other risk behaviors by teaching students self-management skills, social skills, and drug awareness and resistance skills). For COVID-related resources, go to LST COVID-19 Update
  
Early College High School Model (a high school model designed to increase students’ access to a postsecondary credential, particularly for underrepresented students). The following guidance applies to all dual enrollment opportunities in North Carolina, which includes early colleges: Early College COVID-19 Guidance

Multisystemic Therapy® (a juvenile crime prevention program designed to improve the real-world functioning of youth by changing their natural settings – home, school, and neighborhood – in ways that promote prosocial behavior while decreasing antisocial behavior). For COVID-related resources, go to: MST COVID-19 Statement. 
 
Nurse-Family Partnership (a nurse home visiting program for first-time pregnant mothers designed to improve prenatal and child rearing practices through the child’s second birthday). The links below provide COVID-related resources:

Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (a classroom-based social emotional learning program for elementary school students to reduce aggression and behavior problems).  For COVID-related resources, go to: PATHS Blog COVID-19

Promising Programs 
 

Child First (a two-generation home visitation program that provides psycho-therapeutic services and intensive care coordination, while building adult reflective and executive capacity, to prevent or diminish serious emotional, developmental and learning disabilities, and abuse and neglect among young children). The links below provide COVID-related resources:

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (a multi-session group intervention that aims to reduce children’s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, as well as anxiety and depression resulting from exposure to violence, through child, parent, and teacher educational sessions). For COVID-related resources, go to: CBITS COVID-19 Resources

Communities that Care (a prevention system designed to reduce levels of adolescent delinquency and substance use through the selection and use of effective preventative interventions tailored to a community’s specific profile of risk and protection). For COVID-related resources, go to: CTC Disparities and Prevention during Pandemic
 
Incredible Years®

  1. Parent (a group-based program that strengthens parent competencies to promote young children’s social, emotional, and academic competence and prevent the development of conduct problems):
  2. Teacher Classroom Management (a program that provides teachers of children ages 3-8 years with classroom management strategies to manage difficult behavior while promoting social, emotional, and academic competence):
  3. Child Treatment (a child treatment program used by counselors and therapists to treat children ages 3-8 years with conduct problems, ADHD, and internalizing problems).   

 For COVID-related resources, go to: Incredible Years Resources for Group Leaders

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (a program designed for children and their parents that focuses on decreasing child behavior problems, increasing positive parent behaviors, and improving the quality of the parent-child relationship). For COVID-related resources, go to: PCIT COVID-19 Therapist and Trainer Resources
 
Promoting First Relationships (a training program for promoting secure and healthy relationships between caregivers and young children birth to three years of age). The links below provide COVID-related telehealth resources:

SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (a health promotion program that highlights the positive image benefits of an active lifestyle to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and drug use by high school students). For COVID-related resources, go to: Prevention Plus Wellness Remote Implementation
 

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (a group program that aims to promote good parenting skills and positive family relationships; reduce aggressive, hostile behavior, and substance abuse in adolescence; and improve family relationships). For COVID-related resources, go to: Strengthening Families COVID-19 Resources
 
Tools of the Mind (an early childhood program designed to promote academic learning and prosocial behaviors by supporting the development of executive function and other regulation-related skills). The links below provide COVID-related resources:

Blueprints Interventions in the News
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:
  • The New York Times recently published an article discussing Year Up (a Blueprints Promising Program) and the organization’s transition to virtual training. In addition to providing support, Year Up trains young adults in both technical and soft skills. The article discusses how trying to translate life-changing experiences to computer screens and video classes is the lockdown-induced experiment now being conducted by Year Up and other programs designed for disadvantaged Americans. The future of these programs is in doubt at a time when they would seem to be needed more than ever. The forced march online has triggered a drastic rethinking across the education-to-employment field and will most likely bring lasting change — and perhaps open the door to significant expansion. But Year Up and others say they have found that much more of their training can be done effectively online than they expected. Read more here.  
  • The Salt Lake Tribune ran a series of news stories examining how teens in Kearns, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City) are coping with stress. This article mentions Blueprints and highlights The Blues Program (a Blueprints Model program), which has been shown to reduce depression and illicit drug use. One student interviewed shared how the program has specifically helped her manage COVID-19 pandemic-related stress and anxiety. The Kearns Evidence2Success Coalition and Salt Lake County Youth Services made it possible for 16 Granite District social workers and counselors to be trained on ME Time (also known as The Blues Program) to support a growing number of teens who report feeling sad or hopeless. Learn more about these community-wide efforts here
  • The East Central Iowa chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has joined the call for justice and equity amid national protests following the death of George Floyd. According to Big Brothers Big Sisters, more than 50% of the youth served in Cedar Rapids (city in Iowa) and East Central Iowa are black and brown children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a Blueprints Promising program that matches a volunteer adult mentor to an at-risk child or adolescent to delay or reduce antisocial behaviors, improve academic success, and provide social and cultural enrichment. Linda Henecke, President and CEO of the East Central Iowa chapter, issued a statement in support of Black communities. Read the full statement here.  
  • Two Pennsylvania area chapters of Communities That Care (Cheltenham and Norristown Area) are partnering with the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol and Family Services of Montgomery County to share the “Talk. They Hear You” campaign with their communities. Communities That Care (a Blueprints Promising program) is a prevention system designed to reduce levels of adolescent delinquency and substance use through the selection and use of effective preventative interventions. “Talk. They Hear You” is a national media campaign and resource toolkit created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that emphasizes the importance of parents talking to their kids about alcohol and drug use. The campaign offers advice to parents about preparing their children to deal with peer pressure that may lead to alcohol and drug use. Go here to learn more about the campaign. 
  • The Sentinel Newspaper in Carlisle, Pennsylvania features two Blueprints-certified family programs: Strengthening Families and Family Check-up. Strengthening Families is a Blueprints Promising program that aims to promote good parenting skills and positive family relationships, and reduce aggressive behavior and substance use in adolescence. Family Check-Up is a Blueprints Promising program that aims to prevent conduct problems among at-risk toddlers by improving the quality of parenting and increasing and maintaining parents’ use of positive behavior support. Both programs are being provided free of charge using telehealth and online platforms through a grant to families in Cumberland, Perry, and Upper Adams counties. Go here to learn more. 
  • After studies showed that Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) (a Blueprints Model program) positively impacted behavioral and academic outcomes, educators and school board members in Frederick, Maryland are looking to expand the social-emotional learning program and implement it in all pre-k through second grade classrooms this school year. PATHS is a classroom-based enrichment program designed to reduce aggression and behavior problems. Go here to learn more about PATHS implementation in Frederick, MD.
     

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Issue No. 13

 


Welcome to the Blueprints Bulletin



Leadership Letter: 

We hope this letter finds you in a place of safety and health in adjusting to the new normal with quarantined days. These certainly are challenging times as our community, our nation and our world face economic uncertainty and major disruptions in our daily life, including caring for our loved ones while coping with closures to school and childcare facilities and demands or providing for educational and childcare needs. Our thoughts are with those of you who may be unwell, anxious, or grieving during this time.

What a frightening, head-spinning month we have had. Just recently, we were finalizing plans for the 2020 Blueprints Conference, scheduled for April 27-29. Then on March 11th, we made the decision to cancel the Blueprints conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, life as we once knew it has radically changed. We are heartened, however, by the positive responses we received regarding the conference’s important and longstanding contribution to the field. Thank you. Our team created this PDF to assist our conference registrants in completing the necessary steps to receive refunds related to the 2020 Blueprints Conference.
 
As we all adapt to this new environment, Blueprints will continue to work on our mission of promoting effective preventive interventions and helping governmental agencies, foundations, and practitioners use strong evidence to make informed decisions when identifying programs and practices that provide a high probability of success when taken to scale in communities. It is this commitment that helps us persevere through the challenges brought about by COVID-19. We thank each one of you for your part in our community and for your involvement in this important effort.
 
We recognize that Blueprints has followers from all around the world. Wherever you are right now, we wish you well over the next weeks and months to come.
 
Sincerely, 


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
Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Karl.Hill@Colorado.edu

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is hosted 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 Blueprints 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.

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Blueprints Advisory Board member and parenting scholar Dr. Frances Gardner, Professor of Child and Family Psychology in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, has collaborated with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good Things, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a website with open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19. Go here to learn more
 
Blueprints supports the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) in its efforts to encourage participation in the conversation about effective prevention strategies promoting protective factors around stress and anxiety, trauma, parental stress, and more especially during these difficult and uncertain times. SPR has asked that you connect with them online @SPROrg to share your knowledge, initiatives, and resources through your social media accounts using the hashtag #WeAreSPR.
 
MDRC is a nonprofit organization that designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. Blueprints responded to MDRC’s new project, “Reconnecting Youth: Putting Out-of-School, Out-of-Work Youth on a Path to Self-Sufficiency,” by recommending two Blueprints Promising programs: Youth Villages LifeSet and Year Up. MDRC’s project is seeking information about effective programs that provide services to help young people (ages 16-24) advance on education and employment pathways. To learn more, go to MDRC’s website. 

 
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently released a statement on Functional Family Therapy-Gangs (FFT-G). Blueprints certified the article referenced in this statement (Gottfredson et al., 2018) and decided FFT-G is part of Functional Family Therapy (FFT), a Model Plus Blueprints Program. The certified outcomes include delinquency and criminal behavior and illicit drug use but not gang involvement. Users interested in a program that has been evaluated with a population that includes gangs can locate FFT on the Blueprints program webpage by searching under “program type” and selecting “gang prevention and reduction.” Go here to read more

Featured Model Program
Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND)

Blueprints Certified: 1997
Ages Served: Late Adolescence (15-18) – High School
Program Outcomes: Alcohol, Illicit Drug Use, Tobacco, Violence 

A classroom-based drug prevention program designed for at-risk youth that aims to prevent teen drinking, smoking, marijuana, and other hard drug use.

Learn more > >

Featured Promising Program
 Learning Together

Blueprints Certified: 2020
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School
Program Outcomes: Alcohol, Antisocial-aggressive Behavior, Bullying, Conduct Problems, Delinquency and criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use, Mental Health, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Tobacco. 

Learning Together is a school-based intervention grounded in schoolwide policies and systems, restorative practices, and social and emotional education with adolescents to reduce bullying and aggression and promote various dimensions of health and wellbeing. The program includes all-school staff trainings, restorative practices delivered by staff and specialized restorative practices for more serious behavior problems, action group meetings comprised of students and staff, and teacher-delivered lessons on social and emotional skills. The program lasts three years, during grades 8-10 in the United Kingdom (or middle school in the United States).

Learn more > >

Blueprints Interventions in the News
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:
  • The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) recently announced that seven NFP graduates will serve as “Parent Ambassadors” traveling the nation telling their stories and advocating for the evidence-based program, by engaging policymakers and the public to build awareness of the benefits of the NFP program. NFP (a Blueprints Model program) is a community health program in which nurses work with low-income, first-time pregnant mothers from prenatal care through the child’s second birthday. Go here to learn more about NFP’s Parent Ambassadors. 
  • More on Nurse-Family Partnership: The Tennessee Department of Human Services recently awarded a $5 million grant to East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) NFP which provides service for mothers from prenatal care through the child’s second birthday. NFP began working with ETSU in 2016, and since then has served over 300 women and seen the birth of 31 healthy babies. Read more about the award here. 
  • As part of the city’s implementation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2SuccessTM framework, Community leaders in Memphis are implementing two Blueprints Promising programs with the purpose of improving the health, academic success and emotional well-being of African American students: (1) Strong African American Families for teens living in rural communities with the aim to prevent conduct problems, substance use and other risky behaviors, and (2) Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, which aims to reduce children’s post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, as well as anxiety and depression resulting from exposure to violence. Go here to learn more about the efforts being made for Memphis African American students. 
  • Through Jefferson County (Colorado’s) Communities that Care (CTC) program, 14 high school students were able to attend the Youth Leadership Initiative Conference held Feb. 3-6 in Washington, D.C. where the students discussed with some of the nation’s leaders the major issues teenagers face and how grant funding has helped youth promote positive social change. CTC is a Blueprints Promising program. Go here to learn more.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County in Ohio was recently awarded with grants from the Walmart Foundation totaling $3,500. The program provides mentoring services to over 300 youth in this service area. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program that matches a volunteer adult mentor to an at-risk child or adolescent. The goal of the program is to improve academic success, attitudes and behaviors, and provide social and cultural enrichment to at-risk youth. Blueprints certified this program as Promising. Read more about the award here. 
  • After studies showed that Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) (a Blueprints Model program) positively impacted behavioral and academic outcomes, educators and school board members in Frederick, Maryland are looking to expand the social-emotional learning program and implement it in all pre-k through second grade classrooms this school year. PATHS is a classroom-based enrichment program designed to reduce aggression and behavior problems. Go here to learn more about PATHS implementation in Frederick, MD.
     

© 2019 Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, Regents of the University of Colorado. All rights reserved. 

Our mailing address is:
University of Colorado Boulder | Institute of Behavioral Science
483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309


Issue No. 12

 


Welcome to the Blueprints Bulletin



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 excitement that we highlight two current events happening at Blueprints. We also want to share with you our successes of 2019.

Registration for the April 27-29 2020 Blueprints conference is opening this month! Please go to our conference website to read about the conference and click here for more information on how to register.

Our Blueprints website has three new and exciting features! (1) Users now can export searches of certified programs to a spreadsheet. This downloaded file contains information on program ratings, target populations and settings, certified outcomes, and risk and protective factors impacted by each certified program. (2) Searches of non-certified programs can also now be downloaded to a spreadsheet that provides the program name, rating and brief description. And (3) Our site has improved print enhancements to the fact sheets of all Blueprints-certified programs, including the ability to save a fact sheet to a PDF file. When you go to a fact sheet, click <-Printable Version>, then click <-Print Page->, and under “Destination” scroll down to where it says “Save as PDF”. Check out our website to start taking advantage of the new features.

We accomplished a lot in 2019! (1) We are proud to report that we reviewed 55 unique interventions and 113 individual articles or reports, and certified three interventions. Many of the articles we reviewed in 2019 came to our attention through published scientific studies that we found in comprehensive searches of the evaluation literature, databases, and journals. In addition, we searched blogs, the internet, and other registries to locate evaluation studies. We also reviewed interventions by request (click here to nominate an intervention). This month’s newsletter highlights preventive interventions for college students 18 to 24 years old.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we are constantly updating our registry.  (2)  We hosted two meetings for the Blueprints Advisory Board, a distinguished panel of methodological experts with a variety of content expertise. (3) We launched a website that is more accessible and mobile-friendly, and developed a webinar on navigating our upgraded website. (4) We hosted Blueprints board member and scholar, Dr. Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University, who gave a talk on how to maintain fidelity to theoretical foundations and core components while modifying experimentally-proven programs to meet participants’ needs (click here to view Dr. McBride Murry’s presentation). And (5) we planned for the 2020 Blueprints biennial conference.

Thank you to everyone who helped support these efforts. We are excited and ready for 2020!

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely, 


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
Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Karl.Hill@Colorado.edu

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is hosted 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 Blueprints 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.

2019 in Review
By the numbers
Below is a summary of our year in review. 

Interventions Reviewed & Certified in the Past Year

•  Number of Unique Interventions Reviewed = 55
•  Number of Individuals Articles or Reports Reviewed = 113
•  Number of Interventions Certified = 3

Overcome Social Anxiety (Promising)
Added: Dec. 11, 2019
Learn more

Red Light Purple Light: A Self-Regulation Intervention (Promising)
Added: Apr. 14, 2019
Learn more

Bottom Line College Advising Model (Promising)
Added: Mar. 4, 2019
Learn more

2020 Blueprints Conference
April 27-29, 2020
The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by convening evaluators, prevention experts, program designers, policymakers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about experimentally-proven interventions (EPIs) designed to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive development. Conference sessions focus on providing guidance and tools that enhance the adoption and implementation of Blueprints interventions, as well as research related to the adoption, implementation and sustainability of EPIs.

Our morning keynote panel scheduled for April 28, 2020 includes Jon Baron, Vice President of the Evidence-Based Policy Initiative at Arnold Ventures and Cindy Guy, Vice President of Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The session is titled Private Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven Interventions.

The panelists for our April 29 morning keynote panel, titled Public Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven Interventions, include Michael Pennington from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Julie Revaz from the Connecticut Judicial Branch and Craig PoVey from the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, who will be discussing how their states have successfully scaled up Blueprints-certified programs.

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

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

Featured Model Program
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Blueprints Certified: 2012
Ages Served: Early Adulthood (19-22)
Program Outcome: Alcohol

A brief motivational intervention for high-risk college students that uses alcohol screening and feedback to reduce problem, excessive, and binge drinking by enhancing motivation to change, promoting healthier choices, reviewing myths and facts about alcohol, and teaching coping skills to moderate drinking.
Learn more > >

Featured Promising Program
Overcome Social Anxiety

Blueprints Certified: 2019
Ages Served: Early Adulthood (19-22) | Adult
Program Outcome: Anxiety 

The Overcome Social Anxiety program aims to help college students improve their social anxiety through cognitive behavioral therapy. The program is administered online and targets college students showing high levels of anxiety. Participants complete the program over a period of four to six months and receive email reminders to complete the modules
Learn more > >

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:
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, which began serving families in 2011 with funding from the Affordable Care Act Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, is implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership. Click here and here to read more about this initiative.
  • The State of Minnesota was awarded a $2.5 million grant to implement LifeSkills Training  to middle school students beginning in Fall 2020. Read more about the award here.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates a big milestone of operation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read more here:

© 2019 Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, Regents of the University of Colorado. All rights reserved. 

Our mailing address is:
University of Colorado Boulder | Institute of Behavioral Science
483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309


Issue No. 11

 


Welcome to the Blueprints Bulletin



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

Part of Blueprints’ mission is to advance national and international dialogue on the importance of adopting high scientific standards and promoting strong interventions. Blueprints staff are working with local, state, national and international governments to implement science-based policy related to prevention. In this past year, Blueprints staff worked with the State of Colorado to develop their first State Strategic Plan for Drug Prevention (Putting Prevention Science to Work: Colorado’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse, 2019-2024), with the city of Malmö, Sweden to guide their selection of evidence based programs, and with representatives from the European Union’s EuroHealthNet to coordinate prevention registries internationally.

With the goal of outreach, Blueprints staff also participate in regular events at the local, state, national and international levels to promote high standards in prevention research, policy and implementation. Pamela Buckley participated on a panel titled Synthesizing Research Evidence at the Yidan Prize Conference Series titled “The Americas: The Future of Evidence and Innovation in Education” (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, May 2019). Additionally, Karl Hill presented on Challenges and Solutions in Translating Evidence-Based Research into Practice to a wide range of national and international audiences including: the European Union Society for Prevention Research (Lisbon, Portugal, October 2018); the EU’s Meeting on Best Practice Portals (Cologne, Germany, June 2019); at the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (Cologne, Germany, June 2019); the Trygg & Säker meeting (Malmö, Sweden, August 2019); the European Union Society for Prevention Research (Ghent, Belgium, September 2019); and the Montana State Drug Prevention meeting (Butte, Montana, September 2019). Collectively, Blueprints’ contributions to these meetings were very well received.

It is critically important to develop and maintain the Blueprints registry. It is also important that communities know about Blueprints as a prevention registry that people can trust. Participation in these presentations reflects our efforts to advance the dialog on prevention.

As always, thank you for your continued interest in and support of Blueprints.

Sincerely,


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

We want your feedback on 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. However, we strive for excellence. If you have not done so already, we would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete our website survey to let us know your thoughts about the site. We really appreciate your time and value your feedback!

Click here to fill out a survey comprised of only 9 items:

Take Our Website Survey

Registration for the Blueprints Conference is Approaching
Be sure to join us in Denver in April 2020 as we set the foundation for ongoing collaboration among advocates dedicated to the programs that provide positive results. Registration for the 2020 Conference will open soon. Rates for the conference are as follows:
  • Early Bird Rate: $310 (through February 23) 
  • Regular Rate: $395 
  • Pre-Conference: $150 
We will send out more announcements about registration in the weeks and months to come. Also, feel free to check out our website here:

Register

Blueprints Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors
It still is not too late to sponsor the upcoming Blueprints Conference! Our next conference is April 27-29, 2020 and 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. Click here to learn more about becoming either a sponsor or an exhibitor:

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Family First Prevention Services Act
The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements.The Prevention Services Clearinghouse, developed in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) as codified in Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, rates programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria. The registry has updated the set of approved prevention programs eligible for Title IV-E reimbursement. Four of the programs featured in the clearinghouse as supported, well-supported, or promising are also certified by Blueprints.
These include:

We have featured two of these programs in this month’s newsletter.

Featured Model Program
Nurse-Family Partnership  
Blueprints Certified: 1997
Ages Served: Infant (0-2)
Program Outcome: Child Maltreatment, Cognitive Development, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Internalizing, Mental Health-Other, Physical Health and Well-Being, Preschool Communication/Language Development, Reciprocal Parent-Child Warmth

A nurse home visiting program for first-time pregnant mothers that sends nurses to work one-on-one with the pregnant women to improve prenatal and child rearing practices through the child’s second birthday.

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Featured Promising Program
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Blueprints Certified: 2012
Ages Served: Early Childhood (3-4) – Preschool, Late Childhood (5-11)-K/Elementary
Program Outcome: Antisocial-aggressive Behavior, Child Maltreatment, Conduct Problems

A program designed for children and their parents that focuses on decreasing child behavior problems, increasing positive parent behaviors, and improving the quality of the parent-child relationship.

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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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Dr. Velma McBride Murry: Scaling up Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings – Balancing Fidelity and Real-World “Adjustments” to Model Implementation

Abstract: Program developers must provide additional information to help facilitators make appropriate modifications to cultural contexts and social trends. However, modifications cannot interfere with effectiveness. In this talk, Dr. McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University discusses how to maintain fidelity to theoretical foundations and core components while modifying experimentally-proven programs to meet participants’ needs.

Bio: Dr. McBride Murry has conducted research on African-American parents and youth for over a decade and identified proximal, malleable protective factors that deter emotional problems and risk engagement in youth. Professor McBride Murry’s goal is to disseminate experimentally proven programs (EPPs) for uptake in community-based organizations, schools, primary health care settings and faith-based organizations, and examine their efficacy in real-world settings. At CU Boulder, Dr. McBride Murry serves on the Advisory Board of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, a globally-recognized online registry of EPPs.

Dr. Murry’s Powerpoint presentation may be downloaded here.

Sponsored By: Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development and the Center for the Study on Violence Behavior, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Issue No. 5




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:
The 7th Blueprints Conference is Almost Here

There’s excitement in the air as we approach the date of our 7th biennial Blueprints Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for persons engaged in youth violence prevention and healthy youth development to come together to network, share information, and learn from experts in the field. The overarching goal of the conference is to provide information on evidence-based programs and guidance and tools to help consumers implement these programs successfully.

Please join us on April 30 for the preconference and May 1-2, 2018, for the main conference in Westminster, Colorado, for this unique experience that unites a broad spectrum of participants from policy, program development, research, and implementation. We promise that you will not be disappointed!

Learn more about what you can expect to find at this year’s conference.

Register for the conference today!

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

Tom Cook, a member of the Blueprints Advisory Board, recently spoke at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU-Boulder on (1) the standards of the different program clearinghouses and what constitutes acceptable evidence, and (2) when quasi-experimental designs reliably reproduce estimates from randomized experiments.

 

Featured Model Program
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Blueprints Certified: 1996
Ages Served: 11-18
Program Outcome: Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term family therapy intervention and juvenile diversion program helping at-risk children and delinquent youth, ages 11-18, to overcome adolescent behavior problems, conduct disorder, substance abuse and delinquency?

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Featured Promising Program
Communities That Care (CTC)

Blueprints Certified: 2008
Ages Served: Infant to Early Adulthood (0-22)
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Tobacco, Violence
Communities That Care (CTC) is a prevention system designed to reduce levels of adolescent delinquency and substance use through the selection and use of effective preventive interventions tailored to a community’s specific profile of risk and protection.

Learn more about Communities That Care…

Join the Center for CTC and state partners for a webinar:
Using Communities That Care to Boost Your Prevention Infrastructure
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
11 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Mountain / 1 p.m. Central / 2 p.m. Eastern

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

 

Register for the 2018 Blueprints Conference today!
Join us in Colorado this spring for our bi-annual conference. Early-bird registration is now open and it’s shaping up to be another great event.
 

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.

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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


 

Straight Talk on Evidence Highlights the EAAA Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program

Straight Talk on Evidence seeks to highlight programs with highly-credible evidence of meaningful effects. They evaluated the research evaluating the EAAA program and concluded that the evidence of its effectiveness was highly credible.

Straight Talk on Evidence seeks to highlight programs with highly-credible evidence of meaningful effects. They evaluated the research evaluating the EAAA program and concluded that the evidence of its effectiveness was highly credible.

Read the full evidence report here.

Issue No. 4


Welcome to the Blueprints Bulletin, our quarterly newsletter!
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:
Why Maintain a Rigorous Standard of Evidence – Lessons Learned

While the term evidence-based is commonly used, the actual level of scientific evidence supporting a given program varies widely, often lacking any credible research standards.

Throughout the 20 years of the Blueprints project, the most important lesson that we have learned, and have strived to impart, is that the standards for recognizing an evidence-based program must be high in order to maintain the public’s confidence.

In the earliest years of the project, Blueprints identified a model program, Quantum Opportunities, based upon a multi-site evaluation. This evaluation examined outcomes in each of the national sites participating in the study, and the demonstration appeared successful.

Later, a large multi-site replication by the Department of Labor found only a few, largely inconsistent effects, and some of the primary behavioral outcomes were negative at one of the replicating sites. This program was subsequently removed from the Blueprints list.

Learn why replication is such a critical part of the evaluation process of potential Blueprints 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

Featured Model Program
Positive Action

Blueprints Certified: June 2013
Ages Served: Kindergarten – 8th Grade
Program Outcome: Academic Performance, Alcohol, Anxiety, Bullying, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Depression, Emotional Regulation, Illicit Drug Use, Positive Social/Prosocial Behavior, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Tobacco, Truancy – School Attendance, Violence
Positive Action is a comprehensive, school-based program for kindergarten through 8th grade students, which promotes learning through enhancement of self-concept.

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Featured Promising Program
Teaching Kids to Cope (TKC)

Blueprints Certified: September 2015
Ages Served: High School and Early Adulthood
Program Outcome: Depression
Teaching Kids to Cope (TKC) is a 10-session group intervention designed to reduce depression and stress by enhancing the coping skills among high school adolescents and young adults displaying depression symptoms.

Learn more about Teaching Kids to Cope…

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

Mark Your Calendar!
Join us in Colorado next spring for our bi-annual conference. Speakers have been selected and it’s shaping up to be another great event.

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 © 2017 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