Do You Use These 6 Tools for Building Evidence-Based Programs?

Use these tools to get Evidence-based program ideas funders want to give money to!

Finding tools for Evidence Based Programs

Finding tools for Evidence Based Programs

Every grant proposal needs two strongly written sections:  a problem (your need) and a solution (your program). Ideally, your solution will be one that has strong research evidence to support its effectiveness with your intended client population.

Here, I am providing you with 6 sources of evidence-based programs that you can quickly search.  If you choose a program from these databases, you’ll find it much easier to write the solution portion of your grant proposal because you’ll have knowledge about programs that work. The agencies that have developed these databases are letting you know what has been found to work to solve many different problems.  Why would you use anything else?

Including evidence-based programs (EBPs) in your grant proposals may set you apart from your competitors.  Funders look for proof that what you propose to do will work.  There’s no better way to short-cut that process than by using the tools discussed here.


The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), located at bills itself as “a searchable online registry of over 350 substance abuse and mental health interventions”.  New programs are added regularly.  In the past month, 8 new programs have been added to the list, covering programs such as Brief Marijuana Dependence Counseling to Mindfulness-based Substance Abuse Treatment.


If you’re writing a grant related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, or victims services topics, the US Department of Justice has its own database of effective programs.  It’s called .

It is “a central, reliable resource to help you understand what works in justice-related programs and practices.”

The Office of Adolescent Health:  HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review

OAH provides a listing of programs with impacts on teen pregnancies or births, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexual activity.  Updated in April 2016, it is located at

Administration for Children and Families:  Home Visiting, Evidence of Effectiveness

The ACH website reviews evidence of effectiveness for specific home visiting program models.  Currently, there are over 40 models with evidence to support their effectiveness–even when they say evidence is lacking.  The information relating to program outcomes is especially interesting.  Find out how the programs impact Child development and school readiness; Child health; Family Economic Self-Sufficiency; Linkages and referrals; Maternal health; Positive parenting practices, Reductions in child maltreatment; and Reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime.  This is all available at

The National Council on Aging’s The Center for Healthy Aging

NCOA is a nongovernment agency and has only a few evidence-based programs in its listing.  Still this is a promising start and the website also has information on what EBPs are and why they are important.  This website is at

SIECUS: Sexuality Information and Education for Teens

Another nongovernmental organization providing a listing of evidence-based programs in its area of interest is the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Thirty-five programs primarily relating to teens and sexuality. Their website is


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