Each Blueprints program has been reviewed by an independent panel of evaluation experts and determined to meet a clear set of scientific standards. Programs meeting this standard have demonstrated at least some effectiveness for changing targeted behavior and developmental outcomes. Programs are rated as either Promising or Model. Promising programs meet the minimum standard of effectiveness. Model programs meet a higher standard and provide greater confidence in the program’s capacity to change behavior and developmental outcomes.
Promising programs meet the following standards:
- Intervention specificity: The program description clearly identifies the outcome the program is designed to change, the specific risk and/or protective factors targeted to produce this change in outcome, the population for which it is intended, and how the components of the intervention work to produce this change.
- Evaluation quality: The evaluation trials produce valid and reliable findings. This requires a minimum of (a) one high quality randomized control trial or (b) two high quality quasi-experimental evaluations.
- Intervention impact: The preponderance of evidence from the high quality evaluations indicates significant positive change in intended outcomes that can be attributed to the program and there is no evidence of harmful effects.
- Dissemination readiness: The program is currently available for dissemination and has the necessary organizational capability, manuals, training, technical assistance and other support required for implementation with fidelity in communities and public service systems. European programs have not undergone the Blueprints certification process to determine dissemination readiness.
Model programs meet these additional standards:
- Evaluation Quality: A minimum of (a) two high quality randomized control trials or (b) one high quality randomized control trial plus one high quality quasi-experimental evaluation.
- Positive intervention impact is sustained for a minimum of 12 months after the program intervention ends.
Model Plus programs meet one additional standard:
- Independent Replication: In at least one high quality study demonstrating desired outcomes, authorship, data collection, and analysis has been conducted by a researcher who is neither a current or past member of the program developer's research team and who has no financial interest in the program.