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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
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.

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.

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.

Active Teaching Insufficient Evidence

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

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 and Healthy Families Inconclusive Evidence

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

ACT Out! Inconclusive Evidence

A psychodramatic intervention presented to students by professional actors to increase social-emotional competence and reduce bullying.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Access to Algebra I Not Dissemination Ready

An online math program designed to 1) prepare students for more advanced mathematics courses in high school and college by allowing them to take Algebra I in grade 8 and 2) broaden access in schools that do not typically offer Algebra I in grade 8.

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.

Accelerated Reader Insufficient Evidence

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

ACCEL Insufficient Evidence

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Aban Aya Youth Project Inconclusive Evidence

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

4Rs Program Inconclusive Evidence

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

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.

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.

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.

¬°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.


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


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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.