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Evidence-Based Practice Online Resources

Systematic Reviews and Program Ratings

Crime and Delinquency

Established by the Office of Justice Programs in 2011, CrimeSolutions.gov provides information on 270 programs rated as "effective," "promising," or "no evidence."

Model Programs Guide (MPG)
Established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2000, the MPG rates over 200 juvenile justice programs rated as either "exemplary," "effective," or "promising."

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse
Established by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, 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.


Best Evidence Encyclopedia
Created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education with funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, this site classifies programs in math, reading, science, comprehensive school reform, and early childhood education as having strong, moderate or limited evidence of effectiveness.

What Works Clearinghouse
Developed by the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, the Clearinghouse provides information in over 200 specific areas related to topics/outcome domains such as dropout prevention, early childhood education, and student behavior. For each intervention, the site provides an improvement index, an effectiveness rating, and an indication of the extent of the available evidence.

Health and Medicine

Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration is a nonprofit organization that publishes systematic reviews related to healthcare. Over 5,000 reviews in over 30 areas of health and medicine are published online in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, including child health, mental health, and tobacco, drugs and alcohol dependence.

The Community Guide
Established by the Department of Health and Human Services' Community Preventive Services Task Force, the Guide produces systematic reviews of effective programs in over 22 areas of health services, including violence, mental health, and alcohol abuse.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, NREPP includes almost 300 interventions in the areas of mental health and substance abuse treatment, substance abuse prevention, and mental health promotion.

Multiple Types of Social Interventions

Campbell Collaboration
An offshoot of the Cochrane Collaboration, the Campbell Collaboration publishes systematic reviews in the areas of crime and justice, education, social welfare, and international development. Almost 100 different reviews are available online.

Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
This nonprofit organization 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 sizable, sustained effects on important outcomes based on randomized controlled trials) or "near top tier" (missing evidence of sustained effects).

Youth Development

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
Developed by the University of Colorado's Institute for Behavioral Science, the Blueprints website identifies 46 model and promising programs.

Promising Practices Network (PPN)
Developed and maintained by the Rand Corporation, 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.

Other EBP Resources

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare is a searchable database that provides reviewed programs for families in the child welfare system. Each program is rated on a scale of one to five dependent upon the strength of the supporting evidence. The site includes detailed implementation assistance and contact information as well as other resources in the form of webinars and guides.

Child Abuse Library Online
CALiO is an online resource library offered by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) that provides access to open source articles, presentations and other information on EBPs for dealing with victims of child abuse. NCAC also provides a variety of other resources including trainings and conferences.

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Developed by the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, the Center provides a variety of resources related to evidence-based policing and other areas of criminal justice, including the translation of research to practice.

Penn State's EPISCenter, supported by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, promotes the use of evidence-based delinquency prevention and intervention programs through research, advocacy, and technical assistance.

Evidence-Based Medicine Resource Center
This site, established by the Section on Evidence-Based Health Care of the New York Academy of Medicine contains references, bibliographies, tutorials, glossaries, and on-line databases to guide those embarking on teaching and practicing evidence-based medicine. It offers practice tools to support critical analysis of the literature and MEDLINE searching, as well as links to other sites that help enable evidence-based medical care.

National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)
The University of North Carolina's NIRN provides information on implementation science and organizational change. NIRN conducts research and publishes information on how to effectively implement evidence-based programs on a national scale.

National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC)
Developed by the Justice Research and Statistics Association in 2010 with funding from OJJDP, NJJEC's goal is to improve the evaluation capacity of states, tribes, and local communities and facilitate the use of evidence-based programs and practices in juvenile justice.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
Established by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in 1995, VAWNet provides access to high-quality reviewed research regarding domestic abuse. VAWNet also provides supplemental resources such as webinars, training tools, conferences as well as extensive resources regarding grants and funding.

Understanding, Promoting, and Sustaining the Use of Research and Evidence-Based Practices by State Administering Agencies
JRSA, in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has produced a series of "toolkits" on promoting the use of evidence-based practices in State Administering Agencies (SAAs). These toolkits include a briefing paper, an executive summary, and a slideshow. The slideshows can be tailored by SAAs to highlight their own efforts in promoting evidence-based practices in their state. Additional toolkits are currently being developed based on feedback from SAA directors.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Created by the Washington legislature, WSIPP conducts research on evidence-based practices in education, criminal justice, welfare, and health. WSIPP is particularly known for its work in cost-benefit analysis, and the development of a methodology to calculate the costs and benefits of a variety of criminal justice initiatives.

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