Evidence-based Program Registries

Revised February 2015
Compiled by Stephen Small and Mary Huser
University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin Extension

The following websites contain registries, or lists of evidence-based programs that have met specific criteria for effectiveness. Program registries are typically sponsored by federal agencies or other research organizations that endorse programs at different rating levels based on evidence of effectiveness for certain participant outcomes. The registries listed below cover a range of areas including substance abuse and violence prevention as well as the promotion of positive outcomes such as school success and emotional and social competence. Generally, registries are designed to be used for finding programs for implementation. However, registries can also be used to learn about evidence-based programs that may serve as models as organizations modify aspects of their own programs.

Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention

This registry, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, includes two registries of evidence-based programs. The first draws directly from a larger registry- that of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Users interested in finding out more about programs drawn from this registry will be directed to the NREPP site. The second registry includes lists Effective and Promising evidence-based programs spedific to suicide prevention. This portion has fact sheets in PDF format for users interested in learning more about the listed programs.

California Child Welfare Clearinghouse

This is a program listing designed to inform the California child welfare community of research evidence for specific child welfare related programs. The registry programs can be accessed by a complete program listing or by child welfare related topic areas. The programs listed by topic area are all the recommendations of experts in that particular topic area. The programs are rated on a scale of one to five for strength of research evidence and a scale of one to three for child welfare relevance, where the number one indicates the highest rating.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Blueprints for Violence Prevention

This research center site provides information on model programs in its “Blueprints” section. Programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness are listed. These model programs (Blueprints) have demonstrated their effectiveness in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. Other programs have been identified as promising programs. Endorsements are updated regularly, with programs added to and excluded from the registry based on new evaluation findings.

Child Trends’ What Works/LINKS database

The Child Trends’ What Works/LINKS database (LINKS stands for Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) is a searchable register of over 650 programs that have had at least one randomized, intent-to-treat evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information. ThisThey provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion, and much more.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews provide the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Safe and Sound report developed at CASEL lists school-based programs that research has indicated are effective in promoting social and emotional learning in schools. This type of learning has been shown to contribute to positive youth development, academic achievement, healthy behaviors, and reductions in youth problem behaviors. Ratings are given on specific criteria for all programs listed, with some designated “Select” programs. This registry has not been updated since programs were reviewed in 2003.

EBP Substance Abuse Database

The EBP Substance Abuse Database is a small, but growing, database of evidence-based interventions for treating substance use disorders. Interventions were selected according to criteria described on the About EBP page. Each record in the database includes a description of the intervention and its implementation, populations for which it has been shown to be effective, references to supporting literature, the availability of instructional manuals, and author/developer notes and other useful information.

Helping America’s Youth

This registry is sponsored by the White House and was developed with the help of several federal agencies. Programs focus on a range of youth outcomes such as academic achievement, substance use, and delinquency, and are categorized as Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 according to their demonstrated effectiveness. The registry can be searched with keywords or by risk or protective factor, and is updated regularly to incorporate new evidence-based programs.

Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center

This is a searchable database of the program models on the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review (which is a listing of programs with impacts on teen pregnancies or births, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexual activity). The database can be used to find programs that work for certain target populations, settings, ages, and more. The review is updated periodically. The most recent update was released in August 2014.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide

The OJJDP Model Programs Guide is a user-friendly, online portal to prevention and intervention programs that address a range of issues across the juvenile justice spectrum. The Guide now profiles more than 200 programs – rated Exemplary, Effective, or Promising – and helps communities identify those that best suit their needs. Users can search the Guide’s database by program category, target population, risk and protective factors, effectiveness rating, and other parameters. This registry is continuously updated and contains more programs than other well-known registries, although many of these are Promising rather than Exemplary or Effective.

Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities

A project of the RAND Corporation, the Promising Practices Network website contains a registry of Proven and Promising prevention programs that research has shown to be effective for a variety of outcomes. These programs are generally focused on children, adolescents, and families. The website provides a thorough summary of each program and is updated regularly.

Social Programs that Work, Coalition for Evidenced-based Policy

This site is not a registry in the conventional sense of the word in that it does not include and exclude programs based on some criteria of effectiveness. Instead, it summarizes the findings from rigorous evaluations of programs targeting issues such as employment, substance use, teen pregnancy, and education. Some of the programs have substantial evidence of their effectiveness, while others have evaluation results suggesting their ineffectiveness. Users are welcome to sign up for emails announcing when the site is updated.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable database with up-to-date, reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of interventions. Rather than categorizing programs as Model, Effective, or Promising, NREPP rates the quality of the research findings separately for each outcome that has been evaluated, as well as readiness for dissemination. Users can perform customized searches to identify specific interventions based upon desired outcomes, target populations and settings.

What Works Wisconsin: Evidence-based Parenting Program Directory

Directory of Evidence-Based Parenting Programs
This directory provides an overview of currently available evidence-based parenting programs, a subset of the larger body of evidence-based programs. It is intended to serve the needs of parent educators, family practitioners, program planners and others looking for effective programs to implement with parents and families. The directory is divided into three sections: section one focuses on parenting education/training for parents of children within a single age range; programs in section two include options for parenting education/training across multiple age ranges; and section three consists of multiple-component programs where one of the components is parenting education.

U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse

The What Works Clearinghouse was established in2002 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. The WWC aims to promote informed education decision making through a set of easily accessible databases and user-friendly reports that provide education consumers with highly-quality reviews of the reviews of the effectiveness of replicable educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies) that intend to improve student outcomes.