Evidence-Based Strategies

Strategies, activities, and programs that evaluation research has shown to be effective are based on evidence. Some of these activities help individuals develop the intentions and skills to act in a healthy manner. Others focus on creating safe and supportive learning environments. 

After two decades of prevention programming and evaluation, those charged with implementing prevention programs can now choose from a range of strategies and approaches that have solid research evidence demonstrating their effectiveness. This brings a high standard of research evidence into the decision-making process while taking into account the contextual and experiential factors that influence decisions. Evidence-based prevention refers to a set of prevention activities that evaluation research has shown to be effective. Definitions of what constitutes "evidence" have been debated in the literature and the field, but most agree that evidence is extremely important for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers charged with the task of making decisions about the funding and implementation of prevention strategies. A Centers for Disease Control feature, Using Different Types of Evidence in Decision Making, provides guidance on using evidence in decision-making processes, most notably in violence prevention.


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Provides the latest research-based approaches to reducing alcohol-related problems among college students and shares information on how colleges have been implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce alcohol problems on their campuses and communities.

Reviews a two-year effort among 32 colleges and universities aimed at learning about and implementing a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach using both a public health and improvement focus, in addressing high-risk drinking on their campuses. Includes findings for individual level interventions, education and awareness, parent education, support and training of staff, off-campus initiatives, strategies to promote healthy campus initiatives, strategic communications and messaging, and measurement/gaining insight.

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Features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people. Includes information about finding evidence-based programs, looking at the evidence, and challenges of blending programs.

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