The National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice


JJ/SE Shared Agenda & Tools for Success
Prevention: Home, Community, and School Connections
Risk Factors
Levels of Prevention
Prevention Literature Review (MS Word) (PDF)
Promising Programs and Practices

Promising Programs and Practices

Research has shown that prevention programs involving multi-agency, multifaceted approaches have shown the most success . The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) initiated a project in 1996 to identify outstanding violence prevention programs, and to describe these interventions in a series of "blueprints". The blueprints provide practical descriptions of effective programs, realistic cost estimates for the interventions; assessments of the capacity needed to ensure success, and potential barriers and obstacles to implementing the interventions. CSVP identified ten violence prevention programs out of 450 that met a very high scientific standard of program effectiveness.

There is considerable evidence that the deterrent effects of most programs deteriorate quickly once youth leave those programs and return to their original environment (neighborhoods, families, and peer groups). Many of the programs reviewed demonstrated initial success in deterring delinquency, drug use, and violence during the course of treatment. However, few programs established long term effects that generalized to natural settings. The high standard for inclusion in the blueprints reflects the level of confidence needed to allow communities to implement these programs to effectively deter violence when implemented with integrity.

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