Evidence-Based Programs

 

Pennsylvania has purposefully chosen to invest in disseminating proven effective evidence based programs targeting youth problems such as violence, delinquency, substance use, and school failure.

What do we mean when we say a program is evidence based?  This one page resource explains what we mean when we refer to a program as evidence-based. The menu of evidence-based programs listed below have each undergone rigorous evaluation and been recognized as effective by federal and state agencies and prevention science organizations. These programs have been shown to be effective in preventing and reducing delinquency and promoting positive youth development.  

Before choosing programs to implement, agencies and coalitions examine the risk and protective factors underlying the problems they wish to target in their community. This matrix shows the risk and protective factors addressed by each of the programs supported by the EPISCenter and this matrix shows their research proven outcomes.

 

 

  • The Blues Program
    • School-based prevention program for adolescents with depressive symptoms or at risk of onset of major depression
    • Target ages 15-18 (High School)

 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools
    • CBITS is a skill-based group intervention, delivered in schools, aimed at relieving symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and general anxiety among youth exposed to trauma
    • Target ages 10-18, Grades 5-12

 

  • Familias Fuertes
    • This is the Spanish adaptation of SFP 10-14
    • Target ages 10-14
    • Community-based prevention program for Spanish-speaking parents/caregivers and their youth

 

  • Functional Family Therapy
    • Target ages 10-18
    • For youth with moderate to severe anti-social and behavioral problems and at-risk for delinquency
    • Short-term family-based treatment intervention program

 

  • The Incredible Years
    • Small Group – school or community-based intervention program for children ages 4-8
    • Dina Classroom – school-based prevention program for children ages 3-8
    • Advance Parent Training – a follow-up prevention program from the Basic Parent Training
    • Basic Parent Training – a prevention/intervention program for parents of children ages 3-12

 

  • LifeSkills Training Program
    • Target grades 6 through 9, depending on school structure
    • Promotes social emotional learning to prevent adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use, and violence
    • Middle School-based universal prevention curriculum

 

  • Multisystemic Therapy
    • Target ages 12-17
    • For youth with serious anti-social and behavioral problems, and at risk for delinquency
    • Intensive family and community-based treatment intervention program

 

  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
    • Target grades Elementary, Middle, and High School
    • Designed to reduce and prevent school bullying through broad trainings of school staff and weekly class meetings
    • School climate focused universal prevention program

 

  • Positive Action
    • Target grades K-8 (elementary and middle school)
    • Improves school climate and decreases youth problem behavior through Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle
    • School-based universal prevention curriculum

 

  • Positive Parenting Program (TripleP)
    • Target ages birth-16
    • Comprehensive program with five (5) separate levels of intervention
    • Family-based prevention/intervention program for parents/caregivers

 

  • Project Towards No Drug Abuse
    • Target ages 14-19
    • Improves youth knowledge, corrects misperceptions, and builds SEL skills to prevent youth substance use and violence
    • High School-based universal prevention curriculum

 

  • PATHS®
    • Target grades Pre-K to 5/6
    • Reduces aggression and behavior problems though classroom based social emotional learning lessons
    • Pre-school and Elementary School-based universal prevention program

 

 

  • Strong African American Families
    • Target ages 10-14
    • Culturally sensitive curriculum for African-American families
    • Community-based prevention program for parents/caregivers and their youth