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The strategies and programs featured on this website represent a variety of practice-basedevidence-based, and evidence-informed options. These strategy and program lists are not exhaustive. They are a starting point from which to begin developing a prevention plan relevant for your community. The list of available options will grow as more evaluation research is completed. To be considered for inclusion, strategies and programs meet the following criteria:

Practice-based: programs or strategies that have not yet been rigorously evaluated but are widely considered culturally appropriate, relevant, and effective within the communities in which they are employed
Evidence-based: multiple randomized controlled trials (RCT) or quasi-experimental designs show effectiveness in more than one setting; considered the gold-standard of research evidence 

includes programs often labeled as “promising” or “emerging” in program databases; programs demonstrate

  1. Some evidence of effectiveness/expected preventive effect
  2. Non-experimental design/sound theory only
  3. Replication without evaluation
  4. Promise for real-world application
 Strategies should not show any indication of creating harm, including increasing/creating disparities


Understanding Evidence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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