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Issue No. 9

We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our certified interventions and process at Blueprints.

Leadership Letter:
Greetings from Pamela Buckley and Karl Hill

We are excited to announce that Blueprints has launched an upgraded website, with support from Arnold Ventures, in order to fulfill our mission of promoting interventions that work.

Check out our more mobile-friendly and accessible website here.

As you explore the site, you will see much of the same information is still presented. For example, we provide information on how to search for interventions that have been certified by Blueprints.

We also still include (but have made more explicit) our standards and review process.

New to the site, however, is an expanded classification system that provides information on interventions reviewed but lacking strong evidence – a feature made possible by funding from Arnold Ventures. As such, Blueprints now offers information on a continuum of evidence, from having no credible evaluations to having inconclusive evidence, to having very strong experimental evidence. In addition, the registry identifies interventions with strong experimental evidence of harmful or no effects. Much of this information can be found here.

Thus, in addition to promoting evidence of effective interventions, Blueprints now advocates for the elimination of ineffective and iatrogenic interventions. We are also helping to reduce confusion and increase transparency of our review process by providing a database of interventions that were not certified as a result of inconclusive or insufficient evidence.

We are in the process of developing a webinar presentation on the utilization and navigation of the upgraded Blueprints website. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the webinar, including dates and times.

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


Pamela Buckley, PhD
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Karl G. Hill, PhD
Principal Investigator
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Save the Date for the 2020 Blueprints Conference!

We are gearing up for the 2020 Blueprints Conference, scheduled for April 27-29, 2020 in Denver, CO. We will have more information to share in the coming months, so make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as checking the Conference Website for updates.

Featured Model Plus Program
Multisystemic Therapy – Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)

Blueprints Certified: 2014
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School, Late Adolescence (15-18) – High School
Program Outcome: Academic Performance, Adult Crime, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Illicit Drug Use, Mental Health – Other, Prosocial with Peers, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Sexual Violence
A juvenile sex offender treatment program to reduce criminal and antisocial behavior, especially problem sexual behavior, by providing intensive family therapy services in the youth’s natural environment over a 5- to 7-month period.

Learn more about Multisystemic Therapy – Problem Sexual Behavior…

Featured Promising Program
Familias Unidas 

Blueprints Certified: 2012
Ages Served: Early Adolescence (12-14) – Middle School, Late Adolescence (15-18) – High School
Program Outcome: Externalizing, Illicit Drug Use, Sexual Risk Behaviors
A family-based intervention to promote protection against, and reduce risk for, behavior problems, illicit drug use, alcohol use, cigarette use, and unsafe sexual behavior in Hispanic youth and adolescents.

Learn more about Familias Unidas…

Blueprints in the News
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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.