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Issue No. 2

A Letter From Our Director:
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 outcomes of interest (delinquency, substance use, emotional and physical well-being, academic success, and positive relationships). In other words, a great deal of time and work goes into our selection process. Get the full breakdown of how it all comes together.

Last month, the Blueprints Advisory Board met for its bi-annual meeting, where we conducted a final review for potential Blueprints programs. Stay tuned to find out what programs, if any, made the cut!


Sharon Mihalic
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Featured Model Program
Body Project

Blueprints Certified: 2015
Ages Served: Late Adolescence – High School, Early Adulthood
Program Outcome: Mental Health – Other, Physical Health and Well-Being
A four-session group intervention to prevent the onset of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating among female high school and college students with body image concerns.

Learn more about Body Project…

Featured Promising Program
Child First

Blueprints Certified: 2016
Ages Served: Infant, Early Childhood – Preschool
Program Outcome: Child Maltreatment, Early Cognitive Development, Externalizing
A two-generation home visitation program, Child First provides psychotherapeutic services and intensive care coordination, while building adult reflective and executive capacity, to prevent or diminish serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning disabilities, and abuse and neglect among young children.

Learn more about Child First…

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Here are a few articles that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model Programs:
Here are some helpful resources:

Mark Your Calendar!
Join us in Colorado next spring for our bi-annual conference. It’s shaping up to be another great event that you won’t want to miss.

Legislative Update
Stay Informed

Legislative support is key to the elevation of our programs. We would encourage you to keep an eye on these bills as they progress.

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483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309



Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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