Issue No. 6

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A Letter From Our Director:
Achieving successful implementation of a Blueprints program

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 has been much less awareness of the factors needed to successfully implement such programs. In other words, we now know what to implement, but we know very little about how.

The importance of the process of implementation cannot be overstated. In fact, as the adage suggests, the process of implementation influences the product. While programs are often thought of as a uniform set of elements that are provided to clients in a consistent manner, there can be great variability in the manner in which programs are delivered.

Discover more about the positive impact that implementation can have on an evidence-based program.


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

Featured Model Program
LifeSkills Training (LST)

Blueprints Certified: 1998
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use, Sexual Risk Behaviors, STIs, Tobacco, and Violence
LifeSkills Training (LST) is a three-year universal substance abuse and violence prevention program designed to be implemented with middle/junior high school students.

Learn more about LifeSkills Training…

Featured Promising Program
Guiding Good Choices (GGC)

Blueprints Certified: 1999
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School
Program Outcome: Alcohol, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Depression, and Illicit Drug Use

Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a family competency training program for parents of children in middle school that gives parents the skills needed to reduce their children’s risk for using alcohol and other drugs.

Learn more about Guiding Good Choices…

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

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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