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Recently Acquired Programs

KiVa Antibullying Program

Blueprints Rating: Promising
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Head Start REDI

Blueprints Rating: Promising
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Blueprints Rating: Promising
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Family Check-Up - Toddler

Blueprints Rating: Promising
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Body Project

Blueprints Rating: Model
Added Apr. 30, 2015

Blues Program

Blueprints Rating: Model
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Career Academies

Blueprints Rating: Promising
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Youth Programs Does Blueprints Examine?

Blueprints began with a focus on youth programs to prevent violence, delinquency, and drug use, but it has recently expanded its scope. It now also recommends programs to improve mental and physical health, self-regulation, and educational achievement outcomes. The outcomes of interest involve more than preventing harmful behavior — they also involve positive behaviors and healthy development.

How Is Blueprints Different from Other Program Rating Sites?

Blueprints' standards for recommending a program are widely recognized as the most rigorous in use. Programs undergo two thorough reviews, one by Blueprints staff and one by an expert Advisory Board. Of more than 1,400 programs assessed to date, less than 5% have qualified for Blueprints certification. Blueprints also does more than other rating sites to ensure that its recommended programs are ready to be used.

What Is the Difference Between a Promising and Model Program?

Both promising and model programs meet basic Blueprints standards, but model programs meet additional requirements. Promising programs must have evidence from one high-quality experimental or two high-quality quasi-experimental designs, clear findings of positive impact, carefully defined goals, and sufficient resources to help users. Model programs must have evidence from two high-quality experimental or one experimental and one quasi-experimental design of high quality, and in addition to the above criteria (positive impact, defined goals, dissemination capacity), have a sustained impact at least 12 months after the intervention ends. Model programs which have conducted a high-quality "independent" replication have been labeled as Model Plus. Model and Model Plus programs are deemed ready for widespread use.

What Criteria Does Blueprints Use in Selecting Programs?

Blueprints considers four criteria:

  • Evaluation quality—Can we be confident in a program’s evaluation
  • Intervention impact—How much positive change in key developmental outcomes can be attributed to the intervention
  • Intervention specificity—Is the intervention focused, practical, and logical
  • Dissemination readiness—Does the program have the necessary support and information to be successfully implemented

Blueprints programs must meet all four criteria. See our Program Criteria page for a more detailed description.

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