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Science-Based Prevention

"Programs" are among the strategies that groups and organizations use to achieve positive social change.

Model Programs - Developers of these programs have agreed to participate in CSAP's dissemination efforts. Training and technical assistance to practitioners who wish to adopt these programs is available, ensuring that programs are carefully implemented to maximize the probability for repeated effectiveness.

CSAP's Model Programs:

Southwest Region Implementation Guide

This guide lists Model Programs through Spring 2001 and Implementation sites (urban, suburban, and rural) for the Southwest Region. If you've selected one of these programs or are considering one for implementation, you may want to contact a site to ask questions or seek advice in getting your program started.

Note: These files are in PDF format and are viewable using the Acrobat Reader from Adobe (more information). This preserves all formating and the result is almost identical to the paper version.

Science-Based Programs - Programs which have been reviewed by experts in the field according to predetermined standards of empirical research. Science-based programs are theory-based, have sound research methodology, and can prove that effects are clearly linked to the program itself and not to extraneous events. Results from science-based programs may be positive, neutral, or negative. For more information, please review CSAP's Southwest CAPT's Science-based Prevention - CAPTalizer.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention - Featuring highly successful Model Programs that can be replicated at the community level, adopted in the entirety, or used to guide improvements or expanded services in an existing substance abuse prevention program.

2000 Annual Summary: Effective Prevention Principles and Programs
Science-Based Substance Abuse Prevention: A Guide
Promising and Proven Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Effective Programs - Programs which are science-based, but produce consistently positive patterns of results. Only programs positively affecting the majority of intended recipients or targets are considered effective.

The US Department of Education and the Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools have identified nine exemplary and thirty-three promising programs. The Department will disseminate information about the programs and encourage their use in new sites. The Expert Panel initiative is a way of enhancing programs aimed at developing the health and well being of our nation's young people by making schools and communities aware of programs that have proven their effectiveness when judged against rigorous criteria.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) Here you will find "Blueprints" identifying ten highly rated model programs which have met rigorous selection criteria and are recognized by OJJDP -Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention.. Other promising programs can also be found that have met a portion of the criteria, but appear to have the potential to become model programs with further documentation and research.

NOTE: You may download them directly by clicking on the links above if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't, for instructions on how to download and install the reader, click on the Acrobat icon.

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Last Update: January 14, 2003