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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:

1434 Programs
Program Rating Brief Description
Viewpoints Inconclusive Evidence

A juvenile corrections-based program to decrease antisocial behaviors, including aggression, by developing social and cognitive skills.

Vienna Social Competence Training (ViSC) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program that seeks to prevent adolescent bullying and aggressive behavior by increasing students’ social competence and improving their understanding of conflict.

Video Interactive Guidance (Mothers and Young Children) Inconclusive Evidence

A program where parents and their children watch and discuss short videos together with a trained guide. The goal is to improve communication and build stronger relationships.

Video Interaction Project (VIP) Inconclusive Evidence

A relationship-based, individualized parent-child intervention that is administered to families in the context of pediatric primary care and intends to enhance cognitive, language, and socioemotional development of young children.

Video Cyberbullying Intervention for College Students Inconclusive Evidence

A brief video-based online intervention to reduce cyberbullying among college students.

Victim Offender Mediation Program Insufficient Evidence

A mediation program that brings victims and offenders together for face-to-face dialogue, negotiation, and problem solving with the goal of a fair system processing for both parties. The program further aims to increase the likelihood of restitution completion and reduce recidivism.

VIBeS Plus Insufficient Evidence

A home visitation program to improve the cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development of children born preterm and to decrease the anxiety and depression of their caregivers.

Vernetzte www.Welten Insufficient Evidence

A school-based instructional module to prevent gambling in adolescents.

Values Initiative Teaching About Lifestyle (VITAL) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program that aims to prevent excess weight gain in young children by teaching about healthy eating and engaging in physical activity.

Valued Youth Program Insufficient Evidence

A dropout prevention program for high school students that involves engaging at-risk youth as tutors for younger students.

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) Under Review

A career pathways program designed for low-income community college students to graduate with an associate’s degree or industry-recognized certificate in a high-demand occupation and find employment that pays a living-wage.

Utrecht Healthy School Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program to improve a wide range of health-related outcomes in adolescents. Target areas include nutrition, sexual health, alcohol/substance use, bullying, and sedentary behavior.

URMEL-ICE Insufficient Evidence

A year-long curriculum for second grade students that seeks to reduce obesity.

Urban Women Against Substance Abuse (UWASA) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program that seeks to reduce risk-taking behaviors by improving girls’ self-concept. The program focuses on developing participants’ understanding of gender and cultural identity and history, strengthening communication with mothers, developing culturally appropriate prevention education and group norms, and reinforcing those norms through action.

Urban Improv Insufficient Evidence

An interactive theater-based program that seeks to reduce youth violence among at-risk inner city students by preparing them to cope with potentially violent conflict situations and explore alternative solutions.

Urban Debate League Inconclusive Evidence

An after-school debate program that aims to increase graduation rates and college readiness, improve academic skills, and raise standardized test scores among high school students. By most helping minority and at-risk students, the program also aims to reduce educational disparities.

Unplugged (EU-Dap) Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based program that seeks to reduce alcohol and drug use amongst junior high students.

University of Texas Sexual Attitudes Program Insufficient Evidence

A program that seeks to reduce sexual risk taking, HIV infection, and adolescent pregnancy by strengthening family interactions while providing relevant educational information.

University of Illinois Suicide Prevention Program Inconclusive Evidence

A university-based mental health program to reduce the rate of suicide among at-risk students.

Universal School-based Mental Health Intervention Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program designed to lower anxiety, increase coping skills, and strengthen problem solving strategies among children aged 9 to 10.

United States Air Force Suicide Prevention Program Insufficient Evidence

A population-oriented risk reduction program to decrease the suicide rate among Air Force personnel.

Unique Minds School Program (UMSP) Insufficient Evidence

An elementary school curriculum that seeks to prevent youth behavioral problems and promote academic learning by developing a positive classroom climate and helping students with self-efficacy, problem solving, and social-emotional competence.

Unified Champion Schools Under Review

A whole-school program designed to improve the educational experience of disabled and non-disabled students through socially inclusive school activities.

UNICOR (In-prison employment practice) Insufficient Evidence

This practice uses in-prison work and vocational training to reduce post-release recidivism and increase post-release employment.

UNC Academic Summer Bridge Program (UNC SB) Insufficient Evidence

An intensive academic summer bridge program to help at-risk youth successfully transition to higher education. Goals include increased enrollment, permanence, and graduation rates in higher education settings.

Twelve-Step Group Participation Insufficient Evidence

A twelve-step program intended to encourage abstinence among alcohol addicts.

Tweenees Insufficient Evidence

An in-class presentation program intended to reduce child sexual abuse by enabling children to develop their self-protective knowledge, share their thoughts and feelings about abuse, and disclose their stories of harm both within and beyond classroom lessons.

Turtle Inconclusive Evidence

A parent and child skills training program intended to help shy preschoolers become more confident and socially active and to reduce behavioral inhibition, internalizing, and anxiety through individual and family counseling.

Turning Point: Rethinking Violence Insufficient Evidence

A court-ordered counseling program designed to prevent recidivism among first-time violent offenders through group therapy and family involvement.

Turkish Preschool Program Insufficient Evidence

A summer school program intended to improve the school readiness of six-year-old children from mono and multi lingual disadvantaged environments by focusing on the physical, cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional components of children’s development.

Tuning in to Kids Inconclusive Evidence

A parent-training program intended to help children correctly identify and resolve emotional and behavioral problems by developing supportive, emotionally responsive parents.

Tulsa Universal Pre-K Program Insufficient Evidence

An early education program intended to improve school readiness through high quality instruction with a focus on teacher retention and student performance.

Tulsa (CAP) Head Start Program Insufficient Evidence

An early childhood education program that aims to enhance the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

True Love Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program intended to reduce dating violence in teenagers through skills instruction at both the school and individual level.

Truant Recovery Program Insufficient Evidence

A police-delivered program designed to reduce truancy through coordination with schools and more aggressive monitoring of attendance.

Truancy Court: Jefferson County (Louisville, KY) Insufficient Evidence

A cooperative intervention between judges, the community, and schools designed to address the causes of truancy specific to individuals, thereby diminishing/eliminating truancy altogether.

Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) Inconclusive Evidence

A community-based, intensive case management program that uses a staged approach to engage elementary school-age children and their families with the overall goal of decreasing truancy.

Triple P Online Brief Insufficient Evidence

A low-intensity, self-administered online parenting program designed to enhance family protective factors and to reduce risk factors associated with severe behavioral and emotional problems in preadolescent children.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program Inconclusive Evidence

A parent training program designed to prevent severe behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children from birth to age 12 by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents.

Triple P – Hassle Free Mealtimes Insufficient Evidence

A parent-training program designed to decrease problem behaviors at mealtime among children by altering parenting to promote positive behavior change.

Tri-Agency Resource Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET) Insufficient Evidence

A selective incarceration program designed to reduce gang influenced criminal behavior by targeting the most active, hardcore members of gangs.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (aka CBT for Child Sexual Abuse) Inconclusive Evidence

A counseling program designed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress in children by helping them talk about their experiences and cope with their feelings and concerns relating to their abuse and assisting parents in coping with abuse-specific distress and responding effectively to their children’s emotional and behavioral problems.

Transitional Jobs After Prison Program (Indianapolis) Under Review

A comprehensive reentry program that removes common barriers to post-release employment by providing skills training, job coaching, and help in securing transitional and permanent jobs for newly released offenders.

Transitional Jobs After Prison Program Inconclusive Evidence

A comprehensive program designed to remove barriers to employment by finding transitional jobs for former prisoners, providing social skills training and job coaching, and helping them find permanent jobs.

Transformative Life Skills (TLS) Insufficient Evidence

A school-based program designed to reduce stress and promote emotional and physical well-being among adolescents.

Transform Us! Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based program designed to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior in students in the third grade through lessons and teacher encouragement.

Transcendental Meditation Insufficient Evidence

A prison-based program designed to reduce recidivism through teaching transcendental meditation.

Tooty Fruity Vegie (TFV) Inconclusive Evidence

A school based intervention designed to positively impact preschool children’s weight status by improving fundamental movement skills and food consumption patterns, and by reducing the amount of unhealthy snack items consumed.

Tools for Getting Along (TFGA) Inconclusive Evidence

A teacher-delivered intervention designed to decrease student aggression and strengthen prosocial behavior through classroom lessons.

Too Good For Violence (K-8) Inconclusive Evidence

A school-based intervention designed to reduce risk and build protective factors related to violence in elementary and middle school students.


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


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