Office of Children and Family Services

Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Links to the Registries

The table below describes the registries of evidence-based programs and main outcome areas.  Each one requires at least one randomized study, clearly defined outcomes, and significant results. Each also employs panels of peer and/or expert reviewers.

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Link to Website Topics

Best Evidence Encyclopedia

Comprehensive school reform, early childhood, mathematics, reading and science

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Positive behavior, healthy development, mental and physical health, self-regulation and educational achievement

Blueprints for Violence Prevention

Drug use, educational areas, juvenile justice, mental health, some health outcomes and violence prevention

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse

Anger management, behavior management, "core child welfare services," domestic violence, engagement, mental health, parent training, prevention and intervention, substance abuse and support services for youth

CDC: Guide to Community Preventive Services

Adolescent health, foster care, parent education, sexuality, substance abuse and violence

Child Trends What Works

Adoption, aging-out, early childhood development, education, family, fatherhood, foster care, health, kinship care, marriage, parenting, poverty, permanency, teen pregnancy and positive development

Crime Solutions - Office of Justice

Juveniles: delinquency prevention, health, protection, risk and protective factors, violence and exposure; also, corrections, courts, drug and substance abuse, law enforcement, re-entry, technology and victimization

Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders Best Practices Database

Curfew, running away, truancy, underage liquor laws, incorrigibility

Effective Child Therapy: Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Anxiety, mental health disorders, eating disorders, social phobia, substance abuse

EpiSCenter (Penn State: Evidence-Based Intervention and Support Center)

Prevention and intervention with Aggression Replacement Training, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Functional Family Therapy and more

Find Youth Info Program Directory

Afterschool, bullying, juvenile justice, LGBTQ, mental health, mentoring, reconnecting, runaway and homeless, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, transition, violence and other risk behaviors

Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA)

Foster care, family, independent living mental health, mentoring, permanency and sexual safety 

Homelessness Resource Center

Cultural competence, homelessness, housing, LGBTQ, motivational interviewing, outreach and trauma-informed care

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Bereavement, stress and trauma

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment

National Resource Center for Community-based Child Abuse Prevention

Child maltreatment prevention

OJJDP Model Program Guide

Prevention, re-entry, sanctions, and other aspects of juvenile justice

Promising Practices Network (PPN)

Behavioral problems , child abuse and neglect, cognitive development and school performance, juvenile justice, mental and physical health, poverty and welfare, substance abuse and dependence, teen sex and pregnancy, violent behavior

Social Programs That Work (Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy)

Crime and violence,  education, homelessness,  mental health, substance abuse and teen pregnancy

Suicide Prevention Resource Center:  Best Practices Registry

Educational and screening programs, expert and consensus statements and LGBTQ

U.S. Department of Education: What Works Clearinghouse

Disabilities, dropout prevention and student behavior

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