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Evidence-based Programs


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) encourages the use of evidence-based programs and practices. Evidence-based programs and practices generally have one or more rigorous outcome evaluations that demonstrated effectiveness by measuring the relationship between the program and its intended outcome (s). This includes measuring the direction and size of a change in outcome and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. The methodology of the evaluation should rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change.

Model Programs Guide

OJJDP's Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. It is a resource for practitioners and communities about what works, what is promising, and what does not work in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and child protection and safety.

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MPG Literature Reviews

MPG literature reviews provide practitioners and policymakers with relevant research and evaluations on more than 50 juvenile justice topics and programs.

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Find MPG Programs

Search MPG programs by keyword, topic or subtopic, risk and protective factors, or age to find the programs that best fit your needs:

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MPG Implementation Guides

OJJDP's Implementation Guides provide MPG users with problem-specific steps that should be taken in the pre-implementation state (before identifying or implementing an evidence-based program or practice).

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