The third annual Blueprints Conference, held on April 79, 2010, in San Antonio, TX, offered 40 panels and workshops on the latest evidence-based models for preventing and intervening in youth violence. Hosted by the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative, the conference also provided support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities.
Participants included community-prevention advocates, representatives of agencies responsible for violence and drug-prevention efforts, state and local government officials in charge of prevention funding and initiatives, leaders of criminal justice systems, and program implementers.
Launched in 1996, the OJJDP-supported Blueprints initiative identifies outstanding violence-prevention programs that meet a scientific standard of effectiveness, with the goal of replicating these programs in communities across the nation. More than 800 programs have been reviewed. The initiative has identified 11 model prevention and intervention programs and 19 promising programs. These programs, called Blueprints, were highlighted at the conference for their proven effectiveness in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. Blueprints programs have the highest standards and meet the most rigorous tests of effectiveness in the field. These include evidence of deterrent effect with a strong research design, sustained effect, and multiple site replication, among other criteria.
Office of Justice Programs: A Commitment to Evidence-Based Strategies
Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), recently launched an Evidence Integration Initiative to improve the quantity and quality of evidence that OJP generates through research, evaluation, and statistics. In addition, the initiative will better integrate evidence into program and policy decisions and improve the translation of evidence into practice.
The initiative includes plans to establish teams within OJP to synthesize evidence on specific justice topics and develop principles for practice that can be communicated to the field. OJP also will develop a Crime Solutions Resource Center, a Web site for evidence-based programs and practices. In addition, a help desk will provide direct support to jurisdictions.
In remarks to the American Correctional Association on January 23, 2010, Assistant Attorney General Robinson said that the initiative is "an OJP-wide effort, and our goal is to help the field better understand what has been shown to work, based on accepted scientific principles."