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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.
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 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.
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.
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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.