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Issue No. 12


Welcome to the Blueprints Bulletin

We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

Leadership Letter:
Greetings from Pamela Buckley and Karl Hill

It is with great excitement that we highlight two current events happening at Blueprints. We also want to share with you our successes of 2019.

Registration for the April 27-29 2020 Blueprints conference is opening this month! Please go to our conference website to read about the conference and click here for more information on how to register.

Our Blueprints website has three new and exciting features! (1) Users now can export searches of certified programs to a spreadsheet. This downloaded file contains information on program ratings, target populations and settings, certified outcomes, and risk and protective factors impacted by each certified program. (2) Searches of non-certified programs can also now be downloaded to a spreadsheet that provides the program name, rating and brief description. And (3) Our site has improved print enhancements to the fact sheets of all Blueprints-certified programs, including the ability to save a fact sheet to a PDF file. When you go to a fact sheet, click <-Printable Version>, then click <-Print Page->, and under “Destination” scroll down to where it says “Save as PDF”. Check out our website to start taking advantage of the new features.

We accomplished a lot in 2019! (1) We are proud to report that we reviewed 55 unique interventions and 113 individual articles or reports, and certified three interventions. Many of the articles we reviewed in 2019 came to our attention through published scientific studies that we found in comprehensive searches of the evaluation literature, databases, and journals. In addition, we searched blogs, the internet, and other registries to locate evaluation studies. We also reviewed interventions by request (click here to nominate an intervention). This month’s newsletter highlights preventive interventions for college students 18 to 24 years old.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we are constantly updating our registry.  (2)  We hosted two meetings for the Blueprints Advisory Board, a distinguished panel of methodological experts with a variety of content expertise. (3) We launched a website that is more accessible and mobile-friendly, and developed a webinar on navigating our upgraded website. (4) We hosted Blueprints board member and scholar, Dr. Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University, who gave a talk on how to maintain fidelity to theoretical foundations and core components while modifying experimentally-proven programs to meet participants’ needs (click here to view Dr. McBride Murry’s presentation). And (5) we planned for the 2020 Blueprints biennial conference.

Thank you to everyone who helped support these efforts. We are excited and ready for 2020!

Happy Holidays!


Pamela Buckley, PhD
Director and Co-Principal Investigator
Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Karl G. Hill, PhD
Principal Investigator
Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Science, with current funding from Arnold Ventures and former funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Each intervention included in the Blueprints database has been reviewed carefully by an independent advisory panel that looked at research on the intervention’s impact, practical focus and potential for implementation in public systems.

2019 in Review
By the numbers
Below is a summary of our year in review. 

Interventions Reviewed & Certified in the Past Year

•  Number of Unique Interventions Reviewed = 55
•  Number of Individuals Articles or Reports Reviewed = 113
•  Number of Interventions Certified = 3

Overcome Social Anxiety (Promising)
Added: Dec. 11, 2019
Learn more

Red Light Purple Light: A Self-Regulation Intervention (Promising)
Added: Apr. 14, 2019
Learn more

Bottom Line College Advising Model (Promising)
Added: Mar. 4, 2019
Learn more

2020 Blueprints Conference
April 27-29, 2020
The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by convening evaluators, prevention experts, program designers, policymakers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about experimentally-proven interventions (EPIs) designed to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive development. Conference sessions focus on providing guidance and tools that enhance the adoption and implementation of Blueprints interventions, as well as research related to the adoption, implementation and sustainability of EPIs.

Our morning keynote panel scheduled for April 28, 2020 includes Jon Baron, Vice President of the Evidence-Based Policy Initiative at Arnold Ventures and Cindy Guy, Vice President of Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The session is titled Private Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven Interventions.

The panelists for our April 29 morning keynote panel, titled Public Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven Interventions, include Michael Pennington from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Julie Revaz from the Connecticut Judicial Branch and Craig PoVey from the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, who will be discussing how their states have successfully scaled up Blueprints-certified programs.

Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as checking the Conference Website for updates on our upcoming conference, scheduled for April 27-29, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you at the Blueprints Conference in 2020!

Featured Model Program
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Blueprints Certified: 2012
Ages Served: Early Adulthood (19-22)
Program Outcome: Alcohol

A brief motivational intervention for high-risk college students that uses alcohol screening and feedback to reduce problem, excessive, and binge drinking by enhancing motivation to change, promoting healthier choices, reviewing myths and facts about alcohol, and teaching coping skills to moderate drinking.
Learn more > >

Featured Promising Program
Overcome Social Anxiety

Blueprints Certified: 2019
Ages Served: Early Adulthood (19-22) | Adult
Program Outcome: Anxiety 

The Overcome Social Anxiety program aims to help college students improve their social anxiety through cognitive behavioral therapy. The program is administered online and targets college students showing high levels of anxiety. Participants complete the program over a period of four to six months and receive email reminders to complete the modules
Learn more > >

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources

In case you’ve missed them, here are a few newspaper articles and web postings that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model and Promising Programs:
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, which began serving families in 2011 with funding from the Affordable Care Act Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, is implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership. Click here and here to read more about this initiative.
  • The State of Minnesota was awarded a $2.5 million grant to implement LifeSkills Training  to middle school students beginning in Fall 2020. Read more about the award here.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates a big milestone of operation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read more here:

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University of Colorado Boulder
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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.