Presentations and Research Posters

Pennsylvania LifeSkills Training Information Session
Held on September 24, 2015
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Presented by Kris Glunt, Sebrina Doyle, and Karen Drewelow

A Statewide Gap Analysis 
Presented by Kris Glunt & Mary Ann Demi, Prevention Coordinators at the 2015 Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Conference

Data Driven Program Improvement Strategies
Presented by Lee Ann Cook at the 2015 Global Implementation Conference

Evidence-based Approaches for SAP Teams
Presented by Lee Ann Cook at the 2015 Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals Conference

School-based Substance Abuse Prevention 
Presented by Kris Glunt at the 2014 Safe Schools Conference

Evidence-based Social Emotional Learning Curriculums: Choosing and Implementing Wisely 
Presented by Lee Ann Cook at the 2014 Safe Schools Conference

Putting It all Together: Using the new PAYS Guide & Workbook to understand your Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Data 
Presented by Sebrina Doyle and Phyllis Law at the 2014 Safe Schools Conference

Using BOTH Randomized Trial and Meta-analytic Approaches to Prevent Delinquency and Reduce Recidivism: The Pennsylvania Case Study 
Presented by Brian Bumbarger & Stephanie Bradley at the 2014 Society for Prevention Research Conference

Dissemination of a Statewide, Juvenile Justice Program Improvement Initiative Based on Meta-Analytic Findings: Partnerships, Potholes, and Preliminary Data on the Path of Going to Scale 
Presented by Stephanie Bradley & Brian Bumbarger at the 2014 Society for Prevention Research Conference

What Happened to D.A.R.E.?
Presented by Kris Glunt, EPISCenter and Dr. Michael Hecht, PSU at the 2014 Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Conference

Growing Your Homegrown Programs
Presented by Sebrina Doyle and Kristine Bova at the 2014 Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Conference

How Programs Are Sustained in the "Real-world:" Qualitative Interviews from the Field
Presented by Sebrina Doyle at the 2014 Society for Prevention Research

Evidence-based Approaches to Substance Abuse Prevention
Presented by Lee Ann Cook and Sandy Hinkle from EPISCenter and Christina Cosgrove-Rooks from PCCD at the 2014 Central PA Addictions Conference

Blueprints Conference 2014 Keynote Address 
Presented by Brian Bumbarger at the 2014 Blueprints Conference 
The presentation is also available to watch on YouTube

Reducing Maltreatment Risk: Effective Programs and Practices 
Presented by Lee Ann Cook, MSW and Mary Ann Demi, MS at the 2014 Pittsburgh Child Maltreatment Conference

“SPEP-peration” What a  Service Provider Needs to Know Adapted from: SPEP Scoring and Program Certification Training –  Gabrielle Lynn Chapman, Ph.D., courtesy of Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University
Presented by Lisa J. Freese and Shawn Peck at the 2014 Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services Conference

Striving For Excellence: The Role of Data 
Presented by Elizabeth Campbell, Ph.D. and Lee Ann Cook, MSS at the 2014 Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services Conference

Project Towards No Drug Abuse - Lessons Learned and Outcomes from Six Pennsylvania Schools 
Presented by Lee Ann Cook, MSS at the 2013 Safe Schools Conference

Understanding the Pennsylvania Youth Survey: Shifting the Focus of Youth Behavior Problems from a "School Problem" to a Community Problem 
Presented by Geof Kolchin, PCCD; Sebrina Doye, EPISCenter; and Sandy Hinkle, EPISCenter at the 2013 Safe Schools Conference

Implementation Across Diverse Contexts: Implications for Measurement 
Presented by Brian Bumbarger at the Society for Prevention Research 2013 Conference

Developing Data-Dashboards for High Quality Implementation in the School: What Data Helps Teachers Implement with Fidelity? 
By: Brian Bumbarger, Meg Small, & Stephanie Bradley, The EPISCenter, Prevention Research Center, Penn State University

Making Evidence-informed Prevention Reality: Can we move prevention science to practice, at scale? Practical Advice for Policy Makers, Providers and Organizational Leaders 
Presented by Brian Bumbarger at the National Prevention Network Research Conference in Oklahoma City, OK. August 2013

A low-cost, low-burden model for improving implementation quality: A pilot efficacy trial.
Describes a randomized efficacy study of a simple, low-cost model to improve implementation quality and fidelity.  Presented at the 2013 Nordic Conference on Implementation of Evidence Based Practice in Linköping, Sweden by Brian Bumbarger.

Organizational Issues In Implementation: Infrastructure for high-quality implementation in a large scale-up of EBP  
Brian Bumbarger gave this presentation at the 2013 Nordic Conference on Implementation of Evidence Based Practice in Linköping, Sweden.  This presentation describes Pennsylvania's efforts to create a state-level support system for the dissemination, high-quality implementation, and sustainability of a diverse menu of Evidence-Based Preventions. 

Evidence-Based Violence Prevention: Outcomes from a 10-year Statewide Scale Up EPISCenter Director, Brian Bumbarger was invited to testify at the Youth Violence Prevention Summit at the nation's capital. A video of his testimony can be found here.

Evidence-Based Violence Prevention: The Challenge of Large-scale Dissemination & Implementation
Presented at the Instute of Medicine's (IOM) 2 day workshop titled: Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World.  EPISCenter Director, Brian Bumbarger presented on the barriers to successful dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs and opportunities to overcome them.

The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS): A public health approach to planning and evaluation local prevention efforts
This presentation was given by Brittany Rhoades at the 2011 Pennsylvania Public Health Conference. It discusses the the overview and history of the PA Youth Survey, provides state results from the survey, and talks about how communities can best utilize the PAYS for their own needs.

Building Capacity for High Quality Implementation & Sustainability of EBPs
This presentation was given by Brittany Rhoades at the 2011 National Prevention Network Research Conference. It discusses the role of a state-level prevention support system and that PA represents a well-connected, state-level system that provides key infrastructure.

CTC Poster for Global Implementation Conference
Supporting the High-Quality Implementation and Sustainability Of Evidence-based Programs: The Role of Community Coalitions by, Brittany L. Rhoades, Brian K. Bumbarger, Julia Moore, & Sebrina Doyle

Empirical Fit Poster for Global Implementation Conference
Examining Adaptations of Evidence-Based Programs Under Natural Conditions By, Julia E. Moore, Brian K. Bumbarger, & Brittany L. Rhoades

Impact of EBIs Poster for Global Implementation Conference
Examining the Impact of Evidence-Based Interventions on Pennsylvania Delinquency Placement Rates By, Julia E. Moore & Brian K. Bumbarger

EPISCenter Poster for Global Implementation Conference
The Evidence-based Prevention & Intervention Support Center: A State-Level Support System for High Quality Implementation & Sustainability of Evidence-based Programs By, Brittany Rhoades & Brian Bumbarger

Sustainability Poster for Global Implementation Conference
Sustainability in a Large-Scale State-wide Evidence-based Program Initiative By, Brittany L. Rhoades, Brian K. Bumbarger, & Julia E. Moore

EBP Life Course Poster for Global Implementation Conference
The Study of Scaling Up Under Natural Conditions: Developmental/Contextual Considerations By, Brian K. Bumbarger, Brittany L. Rhoades, & Julia E. Moore

Examining Adapation of Evidence-based Programs (EBPs) Under Natural Conditions
This presentation discusses the types of adaptations and reasons for those adaptations in implementing Evidence-based Programs.  It addresses the possible types of motives driving the adaptations being made and how those motives impact the way an adaptation is carried out in the Evidence-based Program.

Using the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) to Unlock the Mystery of Prevention Planning and Evaluation
This presentation provides a description of the history, purpose, and administration of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS).  It discusses how the PAYS can be effective in communities and gives an example of this from Centre County.

A Two-Pronged Approach to Delinquency Prevention in Pennsylvania
This presentation addresses the role of two resource centers, the EPISCenter and the Quality Improvement Initiative (Qii), in supporting evidence-based programs across Pennsylvania.  It discusses the framework and methods of each center, and provides observations and lessons on how this two-pronged approach can advance evidence-based programs and policies.

Advancing Evidence-based Programs in Pennsylvania
This presentation describes the advancement and growth of evidence-based policy and programs in Pennsylvania through the work of the EPISCenter and Quality Improvement Initiative (Qii).  It provides an overview of the history of research-based prevention in Pennsylvania, describes the methods and goals of the EPISCenter and Qii, and provides recent data highlights and PA cost savings from family treatment evidence-based programs.

The Role of a State-level Prevention Support System in the High Quality Implementation and Sustainability of Evidence-based Programs (Brittany Rhoades)
Brittany Rhoades presented at Penn State's Prevention Research Center on January 12, 2011.  In this presentation, she discussed how the EPISCenter, as state-level Prevention Support System (PSS), has used empirical evidence to inform general and program-specific capacity building and to support interactions between researchers, funders, and practitioners in Pennsylvania.  By embracing Wandersman's Interactive System's Framework as a conceptual model for the wide-scale dissemination and support of evidence-based programs (EBP's), and recognizing the need for a distinct state-level PSS, Pennsylvania has created an infrastructure to effectively address the primary barriers to moving fro lists of EBP's to achieving population-level public health improvement.

Communities That Care in Pennsylvania:  Implementation and Adaptation in a Large-scale Natural Replication of Evidence-Based Programs (Brian Bumbarger)
This presentation was part of a workshop titled Using Communities That Care Prevention Framework to Ensure High Quality Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention Programs.  (2010 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference)

Evidence-Based Programs From "Lists" to Public Health Impact (Brian Bumbarger)
This presentation presented information about the movement of using evidence-based programs to impact public health.  (2010 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference)

Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-based Programs (Mary Lai)
Most cultural adapted prevention programs target family-based, adolescent substance abuse prevention.  Based on limited research, these adapted programs increase recruitment and retention rates but do not show better outcomes than the original versions. (2010/Prevention Research Center Type II Poster Session) 

Are All Community Coalitions Created Equal?  Characteristics of An Effective Coalition Model (Julia Moore, Brittany Rhoades, and Brian Bumbarger)
Programs connected to a CTC coalition reported higher levels of coalition connection, coalition functioning, coalition instrumental support, and coalition financial support.  (2010/Prevention Research Center Type II Poster Session) 

Community Expertise of Evidence-based Prevention Programming
(Max Crowley and Mark Greenberg)
Technical assistance leads local community leaders to improved knowledge regarding the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based programs. (2010/Prevention Research Center Type II Poster Session)

Using Technology to Engage Stakeholders to High Quality Implementation
(Meg Small, Vittal Prabhu, Celene Domitrovich, Brian Bumbarger, Brittany Rhoades, and Sandee Kyler)
The INSPIRE Project:  INSPIRE is an integration platform designed to be used as part of a planned changed process to improve the quality of evidence-based program implementation by engaging critical stakeholder groups:  policymakers & funders, program implementers, technical assistance providers, and researchers.  (2010/Prevention Research Center Type II Poster Session) 

A Low-Cost Model for Improving Implementation Quality:  A Pilot Efficacy Trial
(Brian Bumbarger)
A low-cost, low-intensity, web-based implementation support intervention tested in the context of Botvin's LifeSkills Training Middle School Drug Prevention Curriculum shows promise at improving teacher's implementation quality in natural settings.  (2010/ Prevention Research Center Type II Poster Session)

Early Team Functioning Predicts Later Sustainability Funding for PROSPER Community Prevention Team
(Lesley Johnson, Max Crowley, Melissa Lippold, Mark Greenberg, and Mark Feinberg)
Strong functioning early in the life of community prevention teams appears to be more important to long-term sustainability.  (2010/Prevention Research Center Type II Poster Session)

Dissemination of Evidence-Based Programs to Improve Public Health (Brian Bumbarger)
Youth violence and delinquency are problems that continue to challenge many communities across the U.S.  For over a decade, Pennsylvania has been a national leader in confronting youth problem behaviors in a progressive and proactive fashion, investing heavily in supporting local community prevention coalitions and the use of proven-effective models for preventing youth violence and aggression, delinquency and youth substance abuse.  (2010/SPR Conference)

Communities That Care (CTC):  Diffusion of Research-Based Prevention in Pennsylvania (Louis Brown)
This presentation summarizes the current state of the CTC implementation and technical support in Pennsylvania including information from recently published studies examining the effectiveness of the CTC model in PA.  (2010/SPR Conference)

Current Practices and Challenges in Encouraging High Standards in CTC (Louis Brown)
This presentation provides an overall snapshot of the current CTC sites in Pennsylvania.  Overall, it appears that self-reported fidelity is generally high (although there is room for improvement), training received is minimal, and sites are experienced in the CTC model.  In regards to sites' support of evidence-based programs, there appears to be substantial room for improvement in providing ongoing training and fidelity monitoring and evaluation capacity building is greatly needed.  (2010/SPR Conference)

Measuring Coalition Functioning:  Refining Constructs Using Confirmatory Factor Analysis (Louis Brown, Mark Feinberg, and Mark Greenberg)
Coalition functioning is made up of a number of sub-components including board leadership, community support, board leadership style, board cohesion, sustainability, mobilizer or lead staff skill, and board efficiency.  Future research examining the influence of both the overall coalition functioning construct and its sub-components on indicators of coalition effectiveness can help to identify the conditions necessary for coalition success.  (2010/SPR Conference)

Moving Towards Public Health Impact:  Correlates of Evidence-Based Program Sustainability (Brittany Rhoades and Brian Bumbarger)
Evidence-Based programs that reported greater coalition functioning, greater knowledge of the program's logic model, more frequent communication with a trainer, greater outreach to community stakeholders, and greater alignment and financial sustainability planning were more likely to sustain program functioning two or more years following the end of their initial grant. (2010/SPR Conference)

Community-level Impact of a Strategic Prevention Using the CTC Model (Brian Bumbarger)
This presentation presented the findings from two recent large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal studies by the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University to assess the impact of the Communities That Care Strategic Prevention Framework.  Both studies found significant effects on community-level prevalence of delinquency and youth drug use. (2009/Nat. Prev. Network Research Conf.)  

A Low-Cost Model for Improving Implementation Quality (Brian Bumbarger)
This presentation presented results from a study that tested the efficacy of a low-cost, low-intensity form of proactive coaching and support, utilizing distance learning technology during the period of implementation.  Intervention condition teachers demonstrated significantly higher levels of implementation quality and fidelity. (2009/Nat. Prev. Network Research Conf.)

Promoting Sustainability Among Evidence-based Prevention Programs (Brittany Rhoades, Brian Bumbarger, and Melissa Tibbits)
This presentation presented a study which identified program and contentextual/environmental characteristics that statistically differentiated programs that sustained versus programs that failed to sustain.  Implications for local sustainability planning, as well as for state policy to promote sustainability was discussed.  (2009/Nat. Prev. Network Research Conf.)

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