A Letter From Our Director: Major Reasons Programs Fail to Meet Blueprints Criteria
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 most obvious problems are not having a control group (in which participants are compared to nonparticipants) or not assigning participants to the intervention and control groups randomly.
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Model Program Parent Management Training (PMT) Blueprints Certified: September 2014 Ages Served: 4 – 12 years old Program Outcome: Antisocial-Aggressive Behavior, Anxiety, Conduct Problems, Delinquency, Externalizing, Internalizing, Mental Health, Substance Use Parent Management Training (PMT) is a group of theory-based training interventions aimed at reducing antisocial and behavior problems in children by providing parents with family management strategies and parenting skills.
Featured Promising Program Promoting Health Among Teens! Blueprints Certified: January 2017 Ages Served: Grade 6 and 7 Program Outcome: Sexual Risk Behavior Blueprints recently certified Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive) and Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) programs as “Promising.” These two programs aim to intervene and prevent sexual involvement and risky sexual behaviors in adolescents through knowledge enhancement and skill building.
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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.