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Evidence-based Programs/Data

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Sections Index (scroll down to access):

  1. Evidence-based Programs
  2. Measures
  3. Data



1. Evidence-based Programs

16 Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Based Recommendations for Advocates Working with Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence - From Futures Without Violence. (2013).

Annotated Bibliography of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Articles - National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families. (2013).

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare - The CEBC provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs. The primary task of the CEBC is to inform the child welfare community about the research evidence -- studies that have been published in a peer-reviewed journal -- for programs being used or marketed in California. The CEBC also lists programs that may be less well-known in California, but were recommended by the expert for that topic area. Thirty-six topic areas are covered. They include home visiting for child well-beinginterventions for neglectreunification, and trauma treatment for children and adolescents. - Most of the programs are for criminal justice, but some refer to social services and even health care. All topics listed are criminal justice, but if you look at the program description, it's clear that this would be useful for a wide community.

Evidence-Based Practices in the Context of Human Relationships - John Records is the executive director of the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) in Petaluma, California. Many of the people who come to COTS from the streets have high “adverse childhood experiences” (ACE) scores. The program uses the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model to address their trauma. Evans. (2011). Homelessness Resource Center.

Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood Trauma - A Virginia Child Protection Newsletter devoted to evidence-based treatments. (Fall 2012). - Selecting Evidence-Based Programs - The Where Are You? section focuses on identifying what your organization is interested in addressing as a result of your needs, assets, priorities, capacity, and goals.  The program directory on is one example of a registry that provides information about evidence-based programs; other federal program directories can be found here.

Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review: Executive Summary - HomVEE was launched in fall 2009 to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (October 2012).

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices - The fact sheets linked from this page describe some of the clinical treatment  and trauma-informed service approaches implemented by National Child Traumatic  Stress Network centers, with the common goal of reducing the impact of exposure  to traumatic events on children and adolescents.

NREPP - SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices - The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. The purpose of this registry is to assist the public in identifying scientifically based approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that can be readily disseminated to the field.

OJJDP Model Programs Guide (MPG) database - The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The MPG database of over 200  evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry. The MPG can be used to assist juvenile justice practitioners, administrators, and researchers to enhance accountability, ensure public safety, and reduce recidivism.  The MPG is an easy-to-use tool that offers a database of scientifically-proven programs that address a range of issues, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.

Promising Futures -Interventions for Children & Youth database - This section of the website is designed to provide up-to-date information on interventions and resources for children exposed to violence for domestic advocates and other service providers who work with families. The information provided has been collected through a national review of programs and interventions for children exposed to family violence and other forms of trauma. From Futures Without Violence. (2012).

Safe Start Center's Research & Evaluation

Social Progams That Work - The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy created this website to identify those social interventions shown in rigorous studies to produce sizable, sustained benefits to participants and/or society.

Trauma-Informed Care - A nice collection of trauma-informed resources from Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. Includes links to Effective Interventions for Child Traumatic Stress. Note: not all hyperlinks work; please scroll down page to access desired information.

Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma Services, SAMHSA - Listed are some well-known trauma-specific interventions based upon psychosocial educational empowerment principles that have been used extensively in public system settings. Please note that these interventions are listed for informational and educational purposes only. NCTIC does not endorse any specific intervention.

Trauma-Informed Care Models & Treatments - A list from "TDMHSAS BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES: Trauma-Informed Care." Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  (Feb. 2013). p 58-68.

Trauma-Informed Interventions: Clinical and Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information Project - A collaboration between the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The purpose of this project was to identify trauma-focused interventions that have been developed and utilized with trauma-affected youth populations of various cultural  backgrounds and to describe their level of cultural competence. This project also aims to describe the level of clinical and research evidence surrounding the use of specific trauma-informed treatment interventions with diverse cultural groups. (2008).

UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-IV - Video/Slides of administration and scoring of the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-IV. From NCTSN. (2013).

USICH - United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Research & Evaluation - Significant research has been and is being conducted on homelessness across the federal government and throughout the country. There is tremendous opportunity to better understand and apply what is being learned by coordinating and sharing research across federal agencies and with states and local communities. Towards that end, USICH has compiled and developed abstracts for approximately 150 studies conducted over the past decade. Users can browse through the listings by clicking on a category or sort the information using the “Information by” filter along the left-hand side of the screen.

Violence Prevention Evidence Base - This tool provides access to abstracts from published studies that have measured the effectiveness of interventions to prevent violence. To be included in the database, studies must have measured the impact of interventions directly on violence. Studies have been selected through a systematic review of published academic literature and the full inclusion criteria for studies can be accessed via the menu bar. The abstracts can be searched by violence type, keywords and geographical area of implementation. World Health Organization (WHO). (2008)

What Works for Health -- From County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a searchable database of evidence-based policies and programs than can improve health. This database that covers health behaviors, physical environment, clinical care and social and economic factors. Not all programs are trauma-informed.



2. Measures

Got Your ACE Score?  - The 10-question ACE survey, and an explanation of what it means, from  Printer-friendly version here.

Adverse Childhood Experiences International Questionnaire (ACE-IQ) - World Health Organization ACE questionnaire and accompanying materials.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2011) - CDC. ACEs p 80-82.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2010) - CDC. ACEs p 72-74.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2009) - CDC. ACEs p 77-79.

NCTSN - Measures Review Database - Consult this database of reviews of tools that measure children's experiences of trauma, their reactions to it, and other mental health and trauma-related issues.

Trauma Screening Instruments & Interventions - From the Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center newsletter 'Addiction Messenger.' (May 2011).

Identifying Polyvictimization and Trauma Among Court-Involved Children and Youth: A Checklist and Resource Guide for Attorneys and Other Court-Appointed Advocates - This toolkit and checklist is designed to make legal representation of children in delinquency, dependency (abuse/neglect) and other cases more focused on addressing the victimization a child client has experienced, and on how that client has been affected by multiple traumas. Note: The Checklist is not meant to be a diagnostic instrument, but rather a vehicle for lawyers and advocates to understand how exposure to violence may influence their clients’ current behavior. Safe Start Center, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. (2012).



3. Data

Adverse Experiences: Indicators on Children & Youth - Child Trends. (2013). Executive Summary.

Adolescent Mental Health Facts - Links to states and their data. US Dept. of Health & Human Svcs. (2011).

Child Maltreatment Reports - The Children’s Bureau develops the annual Child Maltreatment reports, which include data provided by the states to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems. (1995-present).

Kids Count Data Center - Access hundreds of measures of child well-being, including all those regularly used in the site's popular Data Book and local data from the project's 53 grantees. A project of The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health - Findings from the 2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health show that nearly a third of US youth age 12-17 have experienced two or more adverse childhood events (30.5%), with a range of 28.9% to 53.7% across US states. (2013).


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