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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.

February 11, 2016

Blueprints Conference Offers Lessons in Evidence-Based Programming

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has published an article: Blueprints Conference Offers Lessons in Evidence-Based Programming

January 28, 2016

Independent Report on Arapahoe High Shooting Details Major Failures in Procedures

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado Boulder today released an independent fact-finding report examining the events and circumstances leading to the 2013 fatal shooting of senior Claire Davis at Arapahoe High School and offering recommendations for improvements in school safety. The report sought to understand the… Read More

September 8, 2015

Family Foundations: New Study Shows Positive Effects

Fitpregnancy has published an article about a new study: Parenting Class Helps Babies Even Before Birth.

July 31, 2015

Report: Unleashing the Power of Prevention

A new report, Unleashing the Power of Prevention, published by the National Academy of Medicine, recommends the widespread use of LifeSkills Training and other evidence-based programs.

March 12, 2015

LifeSkills Training in Prevention Action Article

Prevention Action has published an article: How Life Skills Training builds on a lifetime of research.

February 10, 2015

New Article on Evidence-Based Program Registries

There is a growing demand for evidence-based programs to promote healthy youth development, but this growth has been accompanied by confusion related to varying definitions of evidence-based and mixed messages regarding which programs can claim this designation.


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Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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