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Lessons Learned from Implementing
Evidence-Based Programs

Remember the old adage, don’t reinvent the wheel? This advice can be particularly helpful to schools, organizations, and agencies looking for ways to make positive community wide impacts, while also working with limited time or resources. Implementing evidence-based programs (EBPs) can increase the likelihood of success by promoting stakeholder buy-in and giving schools, organizations, and agencies access to a range of implementation supports. Evidence-based programs offer proven ways to address a range of topic areas, including mental health, school climate, bullying, and alcohol/substance use. In most cases, an intervention is considered an EBP if there was evidence from at least one rigorous study showing positive impact on outcomes. There are several steps to consider as you implement an EBP: 

  • Choose a program that is right for your school, organization, or agency by using data to determine your local needs and strengths.
  • Assess your school, organization, or agency’s readiness to implement.
  • Review program registries and talk to schools and organizations implementing the same EBP to hear about their implementation successes and challenges. 
  • Engage key stakeholders, including family members, in the planning and implementation process, defining everyone roles and responsibilities, to promote the adoption and sustainability of the EBP. 

National Resource Center’s Evidence-Based Module Series

The NRC Learning Portal is home to a number of interactive, self-paced, learning modules including the recently updated evidence-based module series. This series guides participants through the process of selecting, preparing for and implementing evidence-based programs (EBPs) in school settings.Learn more.

Children’s Mental Health and Youth Violence Prevention

The National Resource Center helps capture what is occurring in the field and across the country. Each week, we monitor hundreds of media outlets to share national conversations about early childhood development, mental health, and youth violence prevention. Take a moment to review a sampling of the latest news stories. Read more. ​

Learn About the Predictors of the Onset of Cigarette Smoking, the Effects of Suicide on Elementary School-Aged Children, the Impact of Televised Alcohol Advertising, and More 

In this issue, we present studies that bring to light the predictors of the onset of cigarette smoking in youth, the effects of suicide in elementary school-aged children and early adolescents, how the amount of televised alcohol advertising exposure effects youth alcohol consumption, —and more. Read more. ​

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

SAMHSA has a number of programs and campaigns that support their substance abuse and mental health work. Recently, SAMHSA awarded nearly $38.6 million grants to help individuals and communities recover from trauma through their Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST). Learn more

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The contents of the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention newsletter and website were assembled under a cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The newsletter and website is operated and maintained by AIR and is supported by grant number 5U79SM061516-02 from SAMHSA. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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