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Issue No. 20

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Leadership Letter:

We are devoting this newsletter to acknowledging our Blueprints Advisory Board members, both past and present.
Launched in 1996, Blueprints is the longest-standing online clearinghouse of evidence-based interventions. Throughout most of our tenure, our review process has been supported by a distinguished Advisory Board of experts in prevention science content areas, evaluation methodology, intervention design and testing, and statistical methods. Each certified intervention listed on the Blueprints registry has been reviewed carefully by this independent advisory panel that looks at research on the intervention’s impact, practical focus, and potential for implementation in public systems.
We want to welcome our new Advisory Board members, who include:

  •  Elizabeth Stuart, PhD, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Associate Dean for Education and Professor in the Department of Mental Health, with joint appointments in the departments of Biostatistics and Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Elizabeth Tipton, PhD, Associate Professor of Statistics, and Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

These individuals will be joining an accomplished group of scholars who currently sit on the Blueprints Advisory Board, including:

  • Abigail Fagan, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law, University of Florida.
  • Frances Gardner, DPhil, Professor of Child and Family Psychology, Fellow of Wolfson College Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, Oxford University.
  • Larry V. Hedges, PhD, Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.
  • Karl G. Hill, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Prevention Science Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Velma McBride Murry, PhD, Professor, Departments of Health Policy and Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University.
  • Patrick H. Tolan, PhD, the Charles S. Robb Professor of Education at the University of Virginia in the School of Education and Human Development and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine.

 We also want to thank members of the Blueprints Advisory Board who recently retired, including:

  • Thomas Cook, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Northwestern University and Emeritus Fellow at their Institute for Policy Research, where he was formerly the Joan and Sarepta Harrison Chair of Ethics and Justice. 
  • Delbert Elliott, PhD, Blueprints founder and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, research professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and founding director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.
  • Denise Gottfredson, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
  • David Hawkins, PhD, the Endowed Professor of Prevention Emeritus in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group.

 The Blueprints Review Process
The Blueprints website provides information about our review process, which is illustrated below.  

We thank and acknowledge members of the Blueprints Advisory Board whose collective knowledge, critical thinking and analysis increases the credibility of the ratings and interventions we certify as “Promising,” “Model,” and “Model Plus” on the Blueprints registry.

Nominate an Intervention
If you would like us to review a study of a prevention program that serves youth (ages 0-25), families and/or communities, please send all evaluation articles/papers to:
More information on nominating an intervention for Blueprints review can be found on our website.

As always, thank you for your continued interest in and support of Blueprints.

Pamela Buckley, PhD
Principal Investigator
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Karl G. Hill, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Chair of the Blueprints Board
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Science, with current support from Arnold Ventures

Featured Model Program

Blueprints Certified: 2018

Ages Served: Early Childhood (3-4) – Preschool

Program Outcomes: Academic Performance, Externalizing, Internalizing 

A multi-level intervention designed for pre-kindergarten children living in low-income neighborhoods to create safe, nurturing and predictable environments at home and in the classroom and improve relationships and communication between parents and teachers.

Learn more about ParentCorps

Featured Promising Program
Growth Mindset for 9th Graders 

Blueprints Certified: 2022

Ages Served: Late Adolescence (15-18) –  High School 

Program Outcomes: Academic Performance 

An online program for ninth-grade students as they transition to high school to improve grade point average and willingness to take difficult course work by changing the mindset toward learning.

Learn more about Growth Mindset for 9th Graders

Blueprints Virtual Talks

  • Our PI Dr. Pamela Buckley and Blueprints Advisory Board member Dr. Velma McBride Murry recently gave a talk at the Prevention Science Methodology Group Virtual Grand Rounds as part of a series titled “Systemic Racism and Prevention Science: Enhancing Social Justice to Achieve Health Equity Series.” This presentation was called Examining the Representation of Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in Preventive Intervention Research, and it provided information on a study in which the Blueprints team reviewed and evaluated the nature, size, and scope of extant research across an 11-year period involving representation of racial and ethnic minority groups in preventive intervention research, thus serving as a vehicle for decision-making regarding the generalizability of evidence-based interventions. The presentation provided an overview of preliminary findings, presented recommendations for reporting race and ethnicity in prevention interventions studies, and concluded with a discussion aimed at identifying specific areas where additional research would be beneficial and gaps in services where new intervention development is needed. Download slides and view the webinar.

Blueprints Interventions in the News
Relevant articles and helpful resources
In case you have missed them, here are a few articles and web postings that discuss Blueprints and/or feature some of our Blueprints’ Model, Model Plus and Promising Programs:

  • A new opioid policy briefing from the National Prevention Science Coalition recommends six Blueprints-certified interventions as part of a Strategy for Preventing Opioid Use Disorders in Communities. The brief reviews current challenges regarding opioid use disorder and provides recommendations and strategies for prevention. An excerpt:

    The majority of adolescents will engage in substance use (e.g., nicotine/tobacco, alcohol, cannabis) between the ages of 12-21. While most will not develop a substance use disorder (SUD), substance use of any kind during adolescence is concerning given the detrimental impact of substances on the developing brain. The development of SUDs, including opioid use disorders, is often preceded by a variety of other problems including academic failure, antisocial behavior, anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress. These problems often arise due to environments within the home, school, or neighborhood that are unsafe, under-resourced, or otherwise harmful to social, academic, and behavioral development. One of the most effective prevention approaches involves the implementation of early intervention strategies that prevent problems from occurring or tackles them head-on when they do appear before problems worsen.

  • On a related note, Blueprints was referenced in a news piece titled: How To Invest Opioid Settlement And Federal Funding To Prevent Substance Use And Promote Youth Mental Health. Specifically, the news article said: “Too often, programs and interventions are not sustained on a long-term basis because of resource limitations and a lack of infrastructure. To ensure sustainability, recipients of funds should use established evidence-informed programs whenever possible and appropriate, as designated by reputable lists such as Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development.”
  • Blueprints was also mentioned in a newly published article examining the role and influence of evidence-based program registries in state policymaking.





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