Implementing Programs for Families and Youth

Programming for families and youth comes in all shapes and sizes so finding the right program for your community can be a challenge.  For this reason we recommend starting with a Data Driven Planning process. 

If you’ve reviewed your community’s data and have a collaboratively developed plan, then you are ready to explore the resources below.  Keep in mind that programs have a variety of evidence levels, ranging from harmful to proven effective.  Programs also range in focus from universal prevention approaches that serve everyone in your community to intervention models that target only those youth or families with serious problems.

Explore the links below to learn more about resources available:

  • Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Grantee Resources
    • Are you a current PCCD grantee? Or are you thinking of applying for a PCCD grant? Explore these resources to learn more about accessing and managing PCCD funding.
  • Evidence-Based Program Menu
    • The programs on this list have been vetted and recommended by EPIS and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  Certain PCCD funding streams are set aside expressly to support the scale up of these programs.
  • Monitoring Quality
    • Purchasing a program manual and getting training in an evidence-based model does not guarantee effectiveness.  For this reason EPIS has developed resources to support monitoring quality and assessing impacts to help providers be sure they are getting their intended outcomes, and find ways to improve quality.
  • Sustainability
    • Part of starting a new program is planning how to keep it going strong in the long run.  EPIS sustainability resources provide guidance for keeping quality high, right sizing budgets, accessing county funding, and braiding funding streams.