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!

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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:

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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 and Prevention of Violence, 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?

Learn more about Functional Family Therapy…

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.

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


 

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.

Learn more about Positive Action…

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


 

New Report: What’s Standing in the Way of the Spread of Evidence-based Programs?

New Report: What’s Standing in the Way of the Spread of Evidence-based Programs?

The paper, by The Bridgespan Group, focuses on the role of purveyors, finding that while most purveyors are working hard to ensure effectiveness and fidelity of their programs, many are not focused on increasing the scale of the programs. This lack of proactive growth efforts appears to be a result of a lack of resources, mismatched expertise (e.g., researchers doing sales), and misaligned incentives that encourage developing programs with strong evidence of effectiveness, but not expanding them. The report offers recommendations for alleviating the situation to developers, purveyors, and funders of evidence-based programs.