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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…. Read More
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is pleased to announce that the 2020 Blueprints Conference will be held in Westminster, Colorado, April 27-29, 2020.
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.
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… Read More
In an effort to improve access to credible social program evaluation research, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is launching a new website called “Straight Talk on Evidence.” The new website aims to clarify often exaggerated evaluation study results for policy and program officials, researchers, journalists, and philanthropic funders to aid in decision making and… Read More
A brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative highlights legal strategies employed by three states — Washington, Oregon, and Tennessee — to increase the use of evidence-based programs and practices. Though the laws and the policy domains they affect are diverse, the insights gained from these experiences converge to provide valuable considerations for future evidence-based… Read More
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health recently named seventeen Blueprints Programs as effective in preventing youth substance abuse. The Blueprints certified programs included four Model Programs and thirteen Promising Programs.
A report from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative found that although most states are doing some sort of evidence-based policymaking, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah and Washington are leading the way. The report measured state engagement with evidence-based policymaking across 4 policy domains: behavioral health, child welfare, criminal justice, and juvenile justice.
A national poll of 1,001 diverse American adults found strong agreement in favor of treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders, and little support for incarceration.
Despite billions spent on School Improvement Grants (SIG) designed to help schools with the lowest academic achievement in their states to improve their outcomes, an evaluation by Mathematica Policy Associates found that the SIG grants made essentially no difference in the achievement of the students in schools that received them. Bob Slavin, Director of the… Read More