Office of Children and Family Services

Strategic Planning and Policy Development

Links to Effective Programs and Practices

Once you have determined your desired outcomes, the links below offer information regarding federal agencies or nationally recognized organizations that use different levels of criteria for identifying effective programs. These links may assist in identifying effective programs that may best match your needs.

Links to websites outside the Office of Children and Family Services website are provided for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by Office of Children and Family Services of any private sector website, product, or service. When users select a link to another government or non-government website, and they leave the OCFS website, users should be aware that they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the outside website.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.  A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Child Trends What Works
Life Course Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS)
This Child Trends What Works website identifies tools for improving the outcomes for children and youth including multiple data bases and information on: programs that work and don’t work, programs that work for various outcomes, publications on lessons learned, a matrix of interventions that work according to evidence based registries and resources, and an overview of afterschool programs. 

Promising Practices Network (RAND Corp)

The Promising Practice Network (PPN) offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families..

Blue Prints for Violence Prevention

The Blue Prints for Violence Prevention website is designed to identify violence and drug prevention programs that are effective. The Blueprints for Violence Prevention, has identified prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness.

OJJDP Model Program Guide

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Program Guide is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs. This database of evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs. 

What Works
The Wisconsin What Works project focuses on distilling the latest scientific knowledge on effective policies, practices, and programs, including “evidence-based programs,” for youth and their families, schools, and communities. This site provides practitioners and policymakers with the tools to develop effective programs and evaluate and improve existing programming based on state-of-the-art knowledge of what makes programs effective.

Youth Info
The Find Youth Info Program Directory features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.

Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes
In July of 2011 the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Institute) completed a report on the return on investment to Washington State taxpayers from evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and policies.

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