Evidence-informed Program Improvement Process & Materials

Evidence-informed program improvement (EIPI) is a process developed by the What Works team at the University of Wisconsin for improving the quality and impact of youth and family programs. The EIPI process draws on the principles of effective prevention programs and helps existing programs become more in line with these principles.

pdf icon Evidence-informed program improvement manual This manual introduces a process of program assessment and improvement called evidence-informed program improvement. The process can be used with most child, youth and family prevention and intervention programs. The manual includes an overview of what we have learned from evidence-based programs; a program assessment tool structured around 13 common principles that characterize most effective programs; and an action plan template for planning improvements to your program.

pdf icon Evidence-informed program improvement: Using principles of effectiveness to enhance the quality and impact of family-based prevention programs This article, from the February, 2009 issue of the Journal, Family Relations, discusses some of the common principles of effective youth and family programs and presents a process for how practitioners can use these principles to improve the quality and impact of their existing programs.

Word Icon Program improvement action plan template This worksheet is to be used in conjunction with the Evidence-informed Program Improvement Manual.

pdf icon Key ingredients of effective youth and family programs − rating form

pdf icon Principles for improving family programs: An evidence-informed approach