Blueprints Programs = Positive Youth Development

Federal and Privately Rated Programs

This is a list of programs rated by several federal and private agencies, such as SAMHSA, Blueprints, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, Department of Justice. The criteria document identifies the methods each agency uses to rate a program.

Federal and Privately Rated Programs
(as rated by federal and private agencies)

Criteria Used by Agencies


Annie E. Casey Foundation

Annie E. Casey

Blueprints is a project of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), University of Colorado Boulder. CSPV produces numerous publications related to the causes and prevention of youth violence and school safety, available to download free of charge. Go to CSPV publications.

Video and presentation materials

View video of Dr. Larry Hedges' symposium on the replicability of experimental research at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU Boulder, March 16, 2018.

View videos of Dr. Tom Cook's two guest lectures, presented at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU Boulder, October 13, 2017: The evidence about evidence-based policy: How consistent are different clearinghouses on the standards for what warrants acceptable evidence? and When quasi-experimental designs reliably reproduce estimates from randomized experiments on the same topics.

Blueprints Publications

Article: Mihalic, S. F., & Elliott, D. S. (2015). Evidence-based programs registry: Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development. Evaluation and Program Planning, 48, 124-131.

Article: Tolan, P. H. (2013). Making and using lists of empirically tested programs: Value for violence interventions for progress and impact. Originally published in Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, The evidence for violence prevention around the world and across the lifespan: A workshop summary. Washington: DC: The National Academies Press.

Book Chapter: Elliott, D. S. (2013). Crime prevention and intervention over the life course. Pp. 297-316 in C. Gibson and M. Krohn (Eds.), Handbook of Life Course Criminology. New York: Springer. Available on the publisher's website.

Article: Axford, N., Elliott, D. S., & Little, M (2012). Blueprints for Europe: Promoting evidence-based programmes in children's services. Psychosocial Intervention, 21(2), 205-214.

Article: Mihalic, S., Fagan, A., & Argamaso, S. (2008). Implementing the LifeSkills Training drug prevention program: Factors related to implementation fidelity. Implementation Science, 3(5), 1-16.

Article: Elliott, D., & Mihalic, S. (2004). Issues in disseminating and replicating effective prevention programs. Prevention Science, 4, 83-105.

Article: Mihalic, S. (2004). The importance of implementation fidelity. Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 4, 83-105.

Article: Mihalic, S., & Irwin, K. (2003). Blueprints for Violence Prevention: From research to real world settings – Factors influencing the successful replication of model programs. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 1, 307-329.

Article: Fagan, A., & Mihalic, S. (2003). Strategies for enhancing the adoption of school-based prevention programs: Lessons learned from the Blueprints for Violence Prevention replications of the Life Skills Training Program. Journal of Community Psychology, 31, 235-254.

Manuscript: Mihalic. S., Fagan, A., Irwin, K, Ballard, D, Elliott, D (2002). Blueprints for Violence Prevention replications: Factors for implementation success. Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence: Boulder, CO.