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July 24, 2019


PROSPER (Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) is a delivery system that fosters implementation of evidence-based youth and family interventions, complete with ongoing needs assessments, monitoring of implementation quality and partnership functions, and evaluation of intervention outcomes. The partnership includes (1) state-level university researchers and Extension-based program directors, (2) a prevention coordinator team typically based… Read More

July 1, 2019

Achieving Successful Implementation of a Blueprints Program

A Letter from Our Director There is an age-old saying, “It is not what you do, but how well you do it that counts.” This statement is a gentle reminder that we tend to emphasize the outcome of our efforts over the process. Much attention has focused on identifying effective research-based programs. In contrast, there… Read More

July 1, 2019

Join Us for the 7th Biennial Blueprints Conference

A Letter from Our Director 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… Read More

July 1, 2019

Why Maintain a Rigorous Standard of Evidence – Lessons Learned

A Letter from Our Director 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… Read More

July 1, 2019

Major Reasons Programs Fail to Meet Blueprints Criteria

A Letter from Our Director I’m often asked why a particular program did not meet Blueprints criteria. Most programs fail to receive Blueprints certification because their scientific evaluations have major limitations. These limitations are such that apparently positive results could emerge not from participation in the program but from design problems in the evaluation. The… Read More

July 1, 2019

Blueprints Process for Selecting Programs

Blueprints’ standards for program certification are recognized as the most rigorous in the field. Many registries solicit nominations and review only those studies submitted by the program developers, potentially omitting studies with null results. Blueprints not only reviews nominated programs, but also performs an exhaustive search of the literature each month to identify programs addressing… Read More


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University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is
currently funded by Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) and historically has received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.