Web-Based Resources on Evidence-Based Practices
Note: Below we provide links to websites and online reports featuring listings and assessments of evidence about effective practices and programs. They are provided here as useful resources for criminal justice practitioners, planners, and policymakers. The websites are organized in diverse ways, some of the links overlap, some of them include information about evidence-based practices in other areas besides criminal justice.
U.S. Department of Justice
- Bureau of Justice Assistance: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices (2014). This report contains links to many of the sources included below, and we have copied some of their descriptions.
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP): Provides information on 270 programs rated as “effective,” “promising,” or “no evidence.”
- NIJ, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Model Programs Guide. MPG rates over 200 juvenile justice programs rated as either “exemplary,” “effective,” or “promising.”
- Council of State Governments. “What works” rates 56 initiatives in six focus areas on a five-point scale: strong or modest evidence of a beneficial effect; no statistically significant findings; and strong or modest evidence of a harmful effect.
- Department of Health and Human Services. The Community Guide produces systematic reviews of effective programs in over 22 areas of health services, including violence, mental health, and alcohol abuse
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA). The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) produces systematic reviews of effective programs in over 22 areas of health services, including violence, mental health, and alcohol abuse.
- The Campbell Collaboration publishes systematic reviews in the areas of crime and justice, education, social welfare, and international development.
- The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy provides ratings of 45 programs in 12 areas, including crime/violence prevention, K-12 education, and substance abuse prevention/treatment. Programs are designated as “top tier” (those with evidence of sizeable, sustained effects on important outcomes based on randomized controlled trials) or “near top tier” (missing evidence of sustained effects).
- University of Colorado. Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development identifies 46 model and promising programs
- Rand Corporation. The Promising Practices Network (PPN) identifies programs that have been shown to improve outcomes for children. Programs are designated as “proven” or “promising.” The site includes 28 proven programs and 58 promising programs.
- George Mason University. The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, provides a variety of resources related to evidence-based policing and other areas of criminal justice, including the translation of research to practice.
- Washington State Institute for Public Policy WSIPP is the research branch of the Washington state legislature, not an independent institute, Although it is affiliated with nearby Evergreen State College. It conducts research and program evaluations at the direction of the legislature. Below is the main link followed by specific links to reports and inventories. This project began over 10 years ago and continues to expand and update.
- Inventory of Evidence-based, Research-based, and Promising Practices: Prevention and Intervention Services for Adult Behavioral Health (2014)
- Inventory of Evidence-Based and Research-Based Programs for Adult Corrections
- Prison, Police, and Programs: Evidence-Based Options that Reduce Crime and Save Money (2013)
- What Works to Reduce Recidivism by Domestic Violence Offenders?
- Updated Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Promising Practices