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Registries of Programs Effective in Reducing Youth Risk Behaviors

Various federal agencies have identified youth-related programs that they consider worthy of recommendation on the basis of expert opinion or a review of design and research evidence. These programs focus on different health topics, risk behaviors, and settings. Some, but not all, of these programs have shown evidence in reducing youth risk behaviors.

Each agency has its own process and criteria for determining the programs that are worthy of recommendation. Users are encouraged to review each web site to understand the inclusion criteria the registry used.

Federal Registries

  • Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • HIV/AIDS prevention
    • Sexually transmitted disease prevention

    Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence-Based Programs

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Sexual activity
    • Contraceptive use
    • Sexually transmitted infections
    • Pregnancy or births

    Sponsored by the Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Alcohol use
    • Co-occurring disorders
    • Crime/delinquency
    • Drug use
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Environmental change
    • Family/relationships
    • Homelessness
    • Mental health promotion
    • Mental health treatment
    • Quality of live
    • Social functioning
    • Substance abuse prevention
    • Substance abuse treatment
    • Suicide
    • Tobacco use
    • Trauma/injury
    • Violence

    Sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Research-Tested Intervention Programs

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Diet and nutrition
    • Physical activity
    • Sun safety
    • Tobacco control

    Sponsored by National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Drug abuse prevention

    Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Delinquency/violence prevention
    • Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
    • Sexual activity/exploitation
    • Mental health

    Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice

  • What Works Clearinghouse

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Character education
    • Dropout prevention
    • Personal/social development
    • Violence prevention

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences

Non-Federal Registries

  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Violence prevention

    Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. Additional funding was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

  • Child Trends LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) Database

    Health Topics/Risk Behaviors Addressed

    • Cognitive development and education
    • Social and emotional health and development
    • Life skills
    • Physical health
    • Behavioral problems
    • Teen reproductive health
    • Positive citizenship
    • Mental health

    Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. Additional funding was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

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