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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.

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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.

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 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 Wisconsin

The What Works Wisconsin project focuses on distilling for youth and their families, schools and communities the latest scientific knowledge on effective policies, practices, and programs, including “evidence-based programs.” 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.

Find Youth Info Program Directory

This directory features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.