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Programs That Have Not Met Blueprints Criteria

More than 90 percent of interventions we review do not receive Blueprints certification. Supported through funding from Arnold Ventures, Blueprints has extended its classification system to provide an evidence rating for interventions that fail to meet Blueprints certification standards. In providing descriptive information on common problems that disqualify interventions from Blueprints certification, we hope to offer concrete ways moving forward that will improve the methods and analyses employed in future program evaluation efforts.

In addition to rating the certified interventions that meet Blueprints criteria, non-certified interventions are also now rated based on whether they are ineffective, harmful, or lack strong evidence. Interventions lacking strong supportive evidence are generally reviewed and rated internally by Blueprints staff, though the advisory board may also conclude an intervention they have reviewed lacked sufficient evidence for certification despite having made it through the internal review process. The rating for non-certified interventions is on a continuum, from having no credible evaluations to having some non-experimental evidence, to having limited experimental evidence, to having very strong experimental evidence. Individual studies are rated on the continuum and the program receives the rating of the study with the highest level of evidence. All programs in our database are provided a rating based on specific review rationale.

The interventions that have been reviewed and rated as lacking strong evidence are as follows:

1404 Programs
Program Rating Brief Description
¬°Miranos! Insufficient Evidence

A parent-based program that aims to decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity through face-to-face parent meetings, take-home activities, and educational materials, all of which provide information on and encourage healthy behaviors in children.

1st Class@Number Insufficient Evidence

A mathematics lesson program designed for elementary school students struggling with mathematics to help them make faster progress and catch up with their peers.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Inconclusive Evidence

An after-school academic assistance program that uses recreational and enrichment activities to decrease behavioral problems among youth.

30 Days to Family Insufficient Evidence

A short-term, intensive intervention to place children in the foster care system with relatives and to return the children from foster care sooner than normal.

4Rs Program Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based program designed to promote social-emotional learning and literacy development among children in grades K-5.

Aban Aya Youth Project Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based prevention program designed to reduce high risk behaviors among inner-city African American youth.

Abecedarian Project Not Dissemination Ready

An educational assistance program that aims to provide high-risk children from severely disadvantaged families with early educational experiences to encourage success in school and improve well-being in young adulthood.

Ability School Engagement Program (ASEP) Inconclusive Evidence

A police-school collaboration program that aims to prevent truancy and other criminal offenses associated with truancy among adolescents by fostering collaboration between schools, parents, and the police.

Above the Influence (Antidrug Advertisements) Insufficient Evidence

An anti-drug campaign designed to prevent youth drug abuse, especially marijuana use, through nationwide public service announcements and advertisements.

Abracadabra (ABRA) Inconclusive Evidence

An online literacy program that aims to improve reading skills through phonic fluency and comprehension activities based around a series of age-appropriate texts.

Academic Achievement and Physical Activity Across the Curriculum Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program that aims to increase academic achievement in elementary school children by training teachers to deliver academic instruction in conjunction with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Academic Language Instruction for All Students (ALIAS) Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based academic vocabulary development program that aims to bolster the language and literacy skills of middle school students. The program uses a text-based, four-skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) instructional approach that focuses on teaching high-utility, abstract academic vocabulary and developing word-learning ability.

Academic Tutoring and Social Skills Training Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based program that aims to improve peer acceptance and social skills in children who are rejected by peers, as well as promote academic achievement in children who struggle with reading and mathematics.

Academy for Community Education Inconclusive Evidence

An alternative school that combines intensive basic skills training with a community-based vocational apprenticeship program to increase students’ commitment to education and academic achievement.

Acadiana Coalition of Teens Against Tobacco (ACTT) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based drug prevention program that seeks to reduce the use of tobacco among high school students, specifically targeting 30-day cessation rates.

ACCEL Insufficient Evidence

A substance abuse prevention program that primarily targets African American children and families living in poverty.

Accelerated Reader Insufficient Evidence

A web-based intervention that encourages independent reading among early adolescents.

Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) Under Review

A post-secondary school-based prevention program that aims to address potential barriers to academic success and promote credit accumulation and degree completion in community college students through comprehensive advisement and career and tutoring services provided by dedicated advisers.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Inconclusive Evidence

A psychotherapy intervention that aims to promote psychological flexibility and discourage psychological suffering through acceptance and mindfulness practices.

Access to Inspiration and Motivation (AIM) Program Insufficient Evidence

An after-school program that attempts to build skills among early adolescents through outdoor activities, academic studies, and community service.

Accumulated Brisk Walking Program Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program that aims to change the body composition of children through short bouts of brisk walking accumulated across a 15-week period.

Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success (ALAS) Insufficient Evidence

A school-wide training and support program that aims to reduce dropout rates and increase school engagement and achievement by working closely with students and parents.

Achievement Mentoring – High School Inconclusive Evidence

A selective prevention program designed to enhance urban minority students’ school-related cognition and behaviors through adult mentoring and positive behavioral reinforcements.

Achieving Behaving Caring Project (ABC) Inconclusive Evidence

A whole-class prevention program that aims to develop social skills among children at risk for emotional disturbance. The program includes whole class social skills instruction and teams consisting of parents, teachers, and guidance counselors who identify strengths and problems of the child and develop goals for the child.

Across Ages Insufficient Evidence

A multi-setting treatment program that aims to promote community and individual resiliency among youth at risk for drug use. The program targets several domains, including the individual, family, school, peer, and community/neighborhood spheres.

ACS Confirm Insufficient Evidence

A detention reduction program that aims to improve the amount of information made available to justice professionals, particularly judges, when deciding whether to detain a young person in foster care. In addition, the program seeks to reduce the disparity in detention between foster and non-foster children, as well as minimize placement transfers and use of emergency facilities for youth in foster care.

ACT Against Violence Parents Raising Safe Kids Program (ACT-PRSK) Insufficient Evidence

An interactive parent program that aims to reduce misbehavior among children and the use of violent disciplinary actions among parents by teaching family-based parenting skills and improving communication between parents and children.

Action-Based Diversion of Juvenile Offenders Inconclusive Evidence

Various youth diversion programs that focus on strengthening positive behavioral norms and constructive social ties though 80 hours of one-on-one training with upper-division college students.

Active and Healthy Families Inconclusive Evidence

A multi-component, family-centered, culturally- and linguistically-tailored intervention that aims to reduce obesity among Latino children.

Active Parenting Insufficient Evidence

A video-based parent education program that aims to change parents’ attitudes toward their children, as well as improve parents’ child rearing techniques.

Active Teaching Insufficient Evidence

A consultative intervention that aims to increase teacher effectiveness through video vignettes and textbooks.

Activity Knowledge Circuit Insufficient Evidence

A school-based, cross-curricular physical activity intervention that aims to improve cardiovascular disease risk profiles among young adolescents by increasing in-school physical activity by two hours.

Ada County Attendance Court Insufficient Evidence

A youth diversion program designed to reduce school truancy and tardiness, thereby decreasing the likelihood of dropout and future criminal offenses.

Ada Sheriff’s Youth Foundation (SYF) Insufficient Evidence

An after-school enrichment program that aims to promote protective factors that guard against negative life outcomes among at-risk youth. These negative, life-affecting outcomes include: 1) delinquency; 2) dropping out of school; 3) illegal use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; 4) unwanted teenage pregnancy; and 5) being held back in school.

Addressing Substance-Related Offending (ASRO) Insufficient Evidence

A group-based program designed to reduce substance-related crime by targeting substance abuse among offenders serving community service sentences.

ADHD Program Insufficient Evidence

A school-based multi-component program designed to enable the appropriate responding of teachers to the educational expectations of students with ADHD. The program provides mainstream elementary school teachers with systematic training in behavioral modification and cognitive-behavioral techniques, as well as instructional management strategies.

Adolescence Cannabis Check-Up (ACCU) Inconclusive Evidence

A substance use prevention program that seeks to reduce the frequency of cannabis use among adolescents.

Adolescent Alcohol Prevention Trial (AAPT) Inconclusive Evidence

A substance use prevention program that aims to provide adolescents with the behavioral skills necessary to refuse drug offers, correct erroneous perceptions about the prevalence and acceptability of adolescent substance use, and establish conservative group norms regarding substance use.

Adolescent Cessation of Tobacco: Independent of Nicotine (ACTION) Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based tobacco abstinence skills program that seeks to promote tobacco use cessation through interactive games.

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) Inconclusive Evidence

An outpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment program that aims to replace activities that support alcohol and drug use with positive behaviors that support recovery by promoting positive family and peer relationships. It also aims to motivate caregiver participation in the treatment process, to increase the caregiver’s support of the adolescent’s abstinence, to provide information to the caregiver about effective parenting practices, and to help the adolescent and caregiver create a home and community environment conducive to recovery.

Adolescent Decision-Making for the Positive Youth Development Collaboration (ADM-PYDC) Insufficient Evidence

An after-school group program that attempts to boost decision-making and other substance use prevention skills and provide health education and cultural heritage skills in order to reduce substance use among adolescents.

Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based educational curriculum that aims to improve adolescent awareness and knowledge of depression in order to destigmatize the illness and increase help-seeking.

Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) Insufficient Evidence

A home-visiting program designed as an alternative to legal proceedings that aims to reduce recidivism and improve family relations through regular visits from a family worker.

Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program Insufficient Evidence

An outpatient prevention program that targets areas of deficit and vulnerability among adolescent substance abusers referred directly by law enforcement personnel for intervention.

Adolescent Portable Therapy Insufficient Evidence

An outpatient family-based service that aims to reduce substance abuse and recidivism among adolescents within the juvenile justice system. The program also aims to improve the educational, social, mental, and physical well-being of youth and their families.

Adolescent Transitions Program – old version (not available) Not Dissemination Ready

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Adults in the Making (AIM) Inconclusive Evidence

A community-based program that aims to reduce alcohol and substance use among African American youth by strengthening family bonds and enhancing self-regulatory processes.

Advanced Supervision and Intervention Support Team (ASIST) Inconclusive Evidence

A prison diversion program that targets recidivism and reincarceration among high risk offenders with mental illnesses.

Advancing School and Community Engagement Now for Disease Prevention (ASCEND) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based and family reinforced education program that aims to reduce and prevent childhood obesity and related social and medical issues through nutritional education and physical activity breaks.

After-School Physical Activity Program for Black Girls Under Review

An after-school program that aims to reduce obesity and improve physical fitness among children by encouraging engagement in healthy amounts of physical activity.

Contact

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309

Email: blueprints@colorado.edu

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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.