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Evidence-Based Practice Results - Promising Programs

The list of Evidence-Based Programs and Strategies used by the Governor's Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy was complied by Peter Greenwood, Ph.D.

Programs in the PROMISING category are brand-name programs that have been shown to reduce delinquency and recidivism, substance use, and/or antisocial behavior by using a strong research design, but outcomes have not yet been replicated.

Delinquency & Recidivism Setting Target Age Group Outcomes
Behavioral Modification and Reinforcement Program
Prevention implemented in schools redirecting at-risk juveniles from delinquency.
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Classroom

Middle School Less self-reported delinquency, school-based problems and unemployment
Fewer county court records than peers

Family Integrated Transitions (FIT)
Intervention for the reentry of juveniles with mental illness and substance abuse. Aimed at juvenile offenders (10-17 years old) who have mental health and chemical dependency disorders.
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Community
Institution

Elementary School
High School
Middle School

10.2% reduction in recidivism

Guiding Good Choices
A prevention prevention that works toward family-focused improvement of parenting skills. Targeted to the parents of youth at-risk for early substance abuse.
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Classroom
Community

Middle School

7.2% reduction in recidivism

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Prevention program focusing on restructuring the parent-child bond. The program is aimed at children, ages 2-7, with conduct disorders.
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Classroom
Community

Elementary School

5.1% reduction in recidivism

Raising Healthy Children (RHC)
[Formerly known as Seattle Social Development Project.] An intervention administered by parents and teachers using social control and social learning.
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Classroom
Community
In-Home

Elementary School
Middle School

15.7% reduction in recidivism

TeamChild
An intervention program whereby attorneys advocate on behalf of juveniles for education, treatment and housing. The program is targeted to low-income youth between the ages of 12-18.
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Community

Elementary School
High School
Middle School

9.7% reduction in recidivism
Substance Abuse Setting Target Age Group Outcomes
CASASTART
Prevention combining case management services, afterschool and summer activities. Youth who participated in the program pilot were aged 11-13, living in severely distressed neighborhoods.
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Classroom
Community

Elementary School
Middle School

Less likely to report use of any drugs, gateway drugs, or stronger drugs
Lower levels of violent crime
Less likely to be involved in drug sales

Project Northland
An intervention implemented throughout the community to reduce substance abuse. Delivered to sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, eleventh and twelfth grade students.
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Classroom

High School
Middle School

Decreased tendencies to use alcohol
Less alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use

Strong African American Families Program
Prevention of substance abuse using a family-based approach in rural African American youth, ages 10-12, and their primary caregivers.
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Classroom
Community

Elementary School
Middle School

Reduced initiation of alcohol use and slowed increase in use over time
Developed stronger youth protective factors

Strengthening Families
Prevention using a family-based apporach to improve communication and relationships with sixth grade students and their families.
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Classroom
Community

Middle School

Lower rates of alcohol initiation
30-60% relative reductions in alcohol use and being drunk
Antisocial Behavior Setting Target Age Group Outcomes
Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)
An intervention program administered by a therapist to improve family interactions. Children and adolescents, ages 8-17, displaying or at risk for developing behavior problems.
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Community
In-Home

Elementary School
High School
Middle School

Significant reductions in Conduct Disorder and Socialized Aggression

Good Behavior Game
A prevention program using behavior modification aimed at reducing disruptive behavior in the classroom. Targeted to children in early elementary grades, starting to display aggressive behavior.
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Classroom

Elementary School

Less aggressive and shy behaviors
Better peer nominations of aggressive behavior
Reduction in levels of aggression for males

I CAN PROBLEM SOLVE
A school-based prevention program teaching social problem-solving to elementary school students at risk for behavioral dysfunctions and interpersonal maladjustment.
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Classroom

Early Childhood
Elementary School

Less impulsive and inhibited classroom behavior
Better problem-solving skills

FAST Track
A prevention program geared toward improving family and peer relationships in the classroom and at home. Targeted to high risk children and teens showing signs of antisocial behavior.

Community
In-Home

Elementary School
High School
Middle School

Better overall ratings by observers on children’s aggressive, disruptive, and oppositional behavior in the classroom.

Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT)
A school-based prevention program geared toward increasing prosocial behavior. Targeted to first and fifth grade boys and girls and their families, living in at-risk neighborhoods.

Classroom

Elementary School

Decrease in physical aggression on the playground
Significant increase in positive social skills and classroom behavior

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