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Models, Promising Programs and Evaluation Tools

Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Best practices is the first of its kind to look at the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring. These programs are drawn from real-world experiences of professionals and advocates who have successfully worked to prevent violence among children and adolescents. As a CDC publication, the sourcebook also documents the science behind each best practice and offers a comprehensive directory of resources for more information about programs that have used these practices .

Blueprints for Violence Prevention
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado at Boulder

1877 Broadway, Suite 601
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 492- 1032
Fax: (303) 443-3297

Sets a standard for exemplary, research-based violence and drug programs and for implementing theses programs with fidelity to the models. By the center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder. Funded by OJJDP. Selection criteria-Model Programs: 1) evidence of deterrent effect with a strong research design, 2) sustained effect, and 3) multiple sit replication.

Effective Family Programs for Prevention of Delinquency
Phone: (801) 581-8498

Results of the 1999 search for "best practices" family strengthening programs by program type and age group; Prepared by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (OJJDP) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and  Mental Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Links and two-page summaries of family-focused programs that have been proven to be effective.

Exemplary and Promising Programs
U.S. Department of Education
Ed Pubs, P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398
Phone: 1-877-4ED-Pubs

U.S. Department of Education list evaluation criteria: Evidence of efficacy, quality of program, educational significance, and usefulness to others.

Exemplary, Model and Promising Programs to Strengthen Families
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: 1-800-789-2647

Child, Adolescent and Family Program. Promotes and ensures that the mental health needs of children and their families are met within the context of community-based systems of care.

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: 1-800-789-2647
Phone: (International): 240-221-4021
TDD: 866-889-2647/240-221-4022 (international)
Fax: 240-221-4295

Healthy Start

The Healthy Start Initiative was established in 1991 by the Health Resources and Serivices Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Public Health Service. The Initiative's primary purpose was to reduce infant mortatlity by 50 percent and generally improve maternal and infant health in at risk communities.

Prevention Strategies that Work

Describes prevention practices that K-8 public school administrators have found to be effective in accelerating school performance, increasing readiness for learning, and reducing problem behaviors; derives from six different research partnerships between public schools and universities across the United States. Each team focused on students with- and at risk of developing emotional and behavioral disorders. Compiled by the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP). All projects in this guide received funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

The Promising Practices in After-School (or "PPAS") System
AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research
Attention: PPAS
1825 COnnecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009-5721
Phone: 202-884-8267
Fax: 202-884-8404

An effort to find and share ideas, activities and practices that are working in after-school programs. The PPAS website is for after-school program directors, youth workers, teachers, parents, community members and others interested in improving the quality of after school programs.

Promising Practices Network-Research Brief

Links to short summaries of research findings or synthetic summaries of research, organized by the five result areas used in the Promising and Proven Programs section.

The Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: 1-800-789-2647

Summarizes the state of the science on youth violence and prevention. Identifies science-based strategies that can be implemented by parents, schools, and communities to decrease the risk of youth violence. Describes specific programs that meet criteria for Model and Promising Categories. Selection criteria-Model Programs: 1) Rigorous experimental design, 2) significant deterrent effects on violence or serious delinquency, 3) any risk factor for violence with large effect sizes (.30 or greater), 4)replication with demonstrated effects and sustainability of effects. Promising Programs: The same as  Model Programs with the 2 differences: 1) significant deterrent effects on any risk factor for violence with an effective size of .10 or greater, 2) either replication or sustainability of effects.

Evaluation Tools

American Evaluation Association
16 Sconticut Neck Road, #290
Fairhaven, MA 02719
Phone: Toll Free from US/Canada: 1-888-232-2275
Phone: (internationally): 1-508-748-3326
Fax: 1-508-748-3158
Executive Director: Susan Kistler -
Member Services Director: Heidi Nye -
AEA Website:

An international professional association devoted to the application and exploration of the evaluation of programs, personnel, technology, and much more.

Building Strong Families
The ACF project officer:
Nancye Campbell
Phone: (202) 401-5760

Strengthening marriages and relationships in low-income families has emerged as a national policy strategy to enhance child well-being. Building Strong Families (BSF) is an initiative to develop and evaluate programs designed to help interested unwed parents achieve their aspirations for healthy marriage and a stable family life. This website is designed to help programs that participate in the evaluation, and other interested parties, learn about the progress of the evaluation and the kinds of services that are being tested. Many materials will be available to the public, but over time, a password-protected Learning Community will also be supported for the BSF research sites and others directly involved in the evaluation.

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aerospace Center Building, 7th Floor, West
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Fax: (202) 205-3598
The project directors:
Alan M. Hershey
Phone: (609) 275-2384
Barbara Devaney
Phone: (609) 275-2389

OPRE is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
Fax (609) 799-0005

Strengthening families has emerged as a key public policy goal, but few know how public programs can help stabilize and bolster families. Mathematica's new Web site is designed to keep track of the emerging research and evaluate select programs.

Coalition for Community Schools
c/o Institute for Educational Leadership
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW,Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 822-8405,Ext.156
Fax: (202) 872-4050

The Sustainability Planning Checklist helps community school initiatives plan for the future.

Evaluation Activities in Organizations
Free Management Library
c/o Authenticity Consulting, LLC
4008 Lake Drive Avenue,North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55422-1508
Authenticity Consulting, LLC

Acomprehensive collection of full-text publications and links related to the many different kinds of evaluations performed by nonprofits. From The Free Management Library at The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits.

The Evaluator's Institute
Federal Building, Room 236
116 Front Street
Lewes, DE 19958
Phone: (302) 644-0990
Fax: (302) 644-0991

Offers short-term professional development courses for practicing evaluators to enhance the capabilities of evaluators and others responsible for and using evaluation results, to increase the implementation and use of methodologically defensible evaluations, to advance the evaluation profession, and to implement events that are relevant, of high quality, and of utility to participants.United Way of America's Outcome Measurement Resource Network. Provides United Way and other organizations' outcome measurement resources and learnings.

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