Evidence-Based Programs

Pennsylvania has purposefully chosen to invest in disseminating proven effective evidence based programs targeting youth problems such as violence, delinquency, substance use, and school failure.

What do we mean when we say a program is evidence based?  This one page resource explains what we mean when we refer to a program as evidence-based. The menu of evidence-based programs listed below have each undergone rigorous evaluation and been recognized as effective by federal and state agencies and prevention science organizations. These programs have been shown to be effective in preventing and reducing delinquency and promoting positive youth development.  

Before choosing programs to implement, agencies and coalitions examine the risk and protective factors underlying the problems they wish to target in their community. This matrix shows the risk and protective factors addressed by each of the programs supported by the EPISCenter.

 Aggression Replacement Training