Evidence-Based Practice Results - Resources


Association for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice (AAEBP)

AAEBP is a cooperative association of innovative service providers, researchers, policy makers and program developers who are committed to improving the lives of youth who are at-risk for neglect, abuse, abandonment or violence; their families; and, the communities in which they live.

California Institute for Mental Health

The work of the California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH) in the area of "evidence-based practices" began in 2001 with the CIMH Center for Child and Family Services report and training:  Evidence-based Practices in Mental Health Services for Foster Youth. This has evolved to become an agency-wide effort designated the Values-Driven Evidence-Based Practices Initiative. The initiative is designed to bring together principles associated with recovery and wellness, cultural competence, and consumer and family-driven care with the best scientific research information on effectiveness to continuously improve the mental health system and services in California.  CIMH works with probation departments, community-based organizations, school districts and other youth service providers to help them implement appropriate evidence-based interventions.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Blueprints for Violence Prevention

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), a research program of the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was founded in 1992 to provide informed assistance to groups committed to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence.  CSPV offers technical assistance to:  policy makers and community members involved in violence prevention programming.  Blueprints for Violence Prevention, a project of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado, provides an answer to the question:  "How do we know what works?" The Blueprints mission is to identify truly outstanding violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness. In doing so, Blueprints serves as a resource for governments, foundations, businesses, and other organizations trying to make informed judgments about their investments in violence and drug prevention programs.

Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy

The central problem that the nonprofit Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy seeks to address is that U.S. social programs are often implemented with little regard to rigorous evidence, costing billions of dollars yet failing to address critical needs of our society in areas such as education, crime and substance abuse, and poverty reduction.  The coalition believes that a key piece of the solution is to provide policymakers and practitioners with clear, actionable information on what works, as demonstrated in scientifically-valid studies, that they can use to improve the lives of the people they serve.

"Top Tier" Initiative:  Several recent Congressional actions seek to focus funds in certain federal social programs on models and strategies meeting "Top Tier" evidence of effectiveness – i.e., "that have been shown, in well-designed randomized controlled trials, to produce sizeable, sustained effects on important … outcomes."  To assist federal agencies, grantees, and others in implementing these provisions effectively, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy has launched an initiative (view PDF) to identify and validate models and strategies ("interventions") meeting this evidence standard. Congress has expressed interest in this initiative, and has officially asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to monitor and assess the effort, and report on its validity (see Congressional request, appendix A). If GAO’s review is favorable, the project is well-positioned to become a uniquely authoritative – and potentially pivotal – resource for Congressional, federal agency, and state and local policymakers.

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy maintains two sister Web sites:

This Web site summarizes the results of well-conducted randomized controlled trials in social policy that have particularly important policy implications — because they show, for example, that an intervention has a major effect, or that a widely-used intervention has little or no effect.

The coalition established this Web site in consultation with the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Its purpose is to provide OMB and the federal agencies – and the researchers and program providers they fund – with practical, easy-to-use resources for developing and using rigorous evidence to improve program performance.

Evidence-Based Associates

Represents a "family" of evidence-based programs that have been identified as model or promising programs by the Blueprints for Violence Prevention at the University of Colorado, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

UC Irvine Center for Evidence-Based Corrections

In an effort to put science before politics when managing state correctional populations, the UC Irvine Center for Evidence-Based Corrections taps the research power of the University of California to evaluate juvenile and adult prison programs – including rehabilitation, parole and reentry programs – and provide information that helps corrections officials make policy decisions based on scientific evidence. The center has received start-up and renewal funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Additional support has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the California Policy Research Center.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

The Washington Legislature created the Washington State Institute for Public Policy in 1983. The institute is governed by a board of directors that represents the Legislature, governor and public universities.  The board guides the development of all institute activities.  The institute’s mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research—at legislative direction—on issues of importance to Washington State. The institute conducts research using its own policy analysts and economists, specialists from universities and consultants. Institute staff work closely with legislators, legislative and state agency staff and experts in the field to ensure that studies answer relevant policy questions.