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November 27, 2017

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.

October 23, 2017

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… Read More

July 21, 2017

Announcing Launch of Straight Talk on Evidence Website

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

May 22, 2017

Laws Promoting Evidence-Based Practice: Experiences from Three States

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

March 28, 2017

Seventeen Blueprints Programs Listed as Effective in the Surgeon General’s Report

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.

March 10, 2017

Five States Lead the Way in Evidence-Based Policymaking

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.

February 11, 2017

Recent Survey Indicates Strong Support for Juvenile Rehabilitation over Incarceration

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.

February 8, 2017

School Improvement Grants Fail

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

October 20, 2016

Center for Study and Prevention of Violence Featured in PBS Documentary

Research on social supports and violence prevention is featured in a new Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, A Sentenced Life. Black and Latino Coloradans are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system, according to the documentary. Beverly Kingston, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at CU Boulder, contributed her research… Read More

March 3, 2016

Gilbert J. Botvin Letter on Preventing Opioid Abuse

The New York Times has published a letter to the editor by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, Life Skills Training Program Developer. Steps We Can Take to Prevent Opioid Abuse.


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