About I-Guides

  • How to Use the I-Guides

    The goal of the I-Guides is to enhance the information and resources available on MPG to better support MPG users (policymakers and practitioners) in implementing evidence-based programs and practices. The I-Guides focus on the beginning stages of implementing intervention and prevention programs related to juvenile justice problem areas.

    Implementation is not a linear process but rather more like putting together a jigsaw puzzle: it is a collaborative effort requiring many “pieces” to come together to successfully initiate a program or practice. The I-Guides do not follow a specific model or framework, but instead focus on important steps involved in the pre-implementation stage. That way, users of the I-Guides will not need to be familiar with an established model in order to find specific information about a particular step in the process. Instead, users can take information from the “pieces” of the I-Guides that is most applicable to their needs, whether that is all 10 steps or a single recommendation.

  • 10 Steps of the I-Guides

    The prominent feature of the I-Guides is the 10 steps of the pre-implementation process. These 10 steps are consistent across the I-Guides. They were created based on the implementation science research literature with input from policymakers and practitioners. For more information see Categories and Steps.

  • Topics of the I-Guides

    Each I-Guide focuses on a specific problem related to juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, or child protection and safety. The I-Guides are based on information about programs and practices that have had positive impacts on youth. Each I-Guide also has an accompanying literature review from the MPG and a practice profile from These resources are highlighted throughout the I-Guides.

    Each topical I-Guide follows the Topical I-Guide Creation process to develop.

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1Minimum standards for review: The program must be evaluated with at least one randomized field experiment or a quasi-experimental research design (with a comparison condition); the outcomes assessed must relate to crime, delinquency, or victimization prevention, intervention, or response; the evaluation(s) must be published in a peer-reviewed publication or documented in a comprehensive evaluation report; and the year of publication must be 1980 or after.