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October 19, 2020

Professor and Blueprints Advisory Board member Larry Hedges of Northwestern University co-authored a working paper that addresses challenges to research, particularly randomized control trials, posed by Covid-19

Blueprints Advisory Board member Dr. Larry Hedges of Northwestern University, and his colleague Dr. Beth Tipton (also of Northwestern) have published a working paper titled “Addressing the Challenges to Educational Research Posed by Covid-19.” In this paper, Hedges and Tipton discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our society, including the conduct… Read More

October 19, 2020

Professor and Blueprints Advisory Board Member Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University elected into the National Academy of Medicine

Blueprints Advisory Board member Dr. Velma McBride Murry, Lois Autrey Betts Endowed Chair and university professor, departments of health policy and human and organizational development, Vanderbilt University, is one of 100 new members recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The NAM (formerly the Institute of Medicine) was established in 1970 as the health… Read More

October 7, 2020

Interview with Professor and Blueprints Advisory Board member Larry Hedges, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018

It is difficult for policymakers to interpret and apply large numbers of studies, many of which appear to have contradictory conclusions. Blueprints Advisory Board member Larry Hedges was awarded the Yidan Prize (the world’s largest education prize) in 2018 for his statistical methods for meta-analysis that provide tools to sort through studies and understand program… Read More

August 11, 2020

Implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic of interventions rated by Blueprints as Model/Model Plus and Promising

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… Read More

July 28, 2020

Dr. Karl Hill Webinar: Why use Evidence and Where to Find it: Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Description: Dr. Karl Hill led a webinar “Why Use Evidence and Where to Find It: Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development,” in which he discusses the importance of employing evidence and prevention science in substance misuse prevention work. Watch the presentation here. Presenter:  Dr. Hill is the director of the Program on Problem Behavior and Positive… Read More

March 17, 2020

FAQs for 2020 Blueprints Conference Cancellation due to COVID-19

March 17, 2020 UPDATE This PDF has been created by our team to assist our conference registrants in completing the necessary steps to receive refunds related to the 2020 Blueprints Conference.

March 11, 2020

Blueprints 2020 Conference canceled due to COVID-19

Dear Blueprints Colleague and Conference Attendee, We are writing to inform you that after much consideration and with public health safety as our top priority, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Blueprints Conference due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please know this decision was difficult and was made after thoughtful dialogue with… Read More

September 25, 2019

Blueprints Conference announces 2020 keynote speakers

Hundreds of professionals focused on effective programs to promote healthy development for youth and families are expected to convene in Colorado to hear international experts on best practices, research and public policy. Boulder, CO — Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development out of the University of Colorado Boulder is hosting the 2020 Blueprints Conference on April 27-29,… Read More

August 14, 2019

Webinar: Navigating the upgraded Blueprints website

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. This seven-minute webinar is designed to ease in the transition of helping individuals navigate our new site.

June 5, 2019

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


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