1999 Strengthening America's Families Project
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is pleased to provide the results of the 1999 search for
"best practice" family strengthening programs. In the following pages you will find two page summaries of
1999 Search for Effective Programs
Establishing a pool of programs for review by a committee has its roots in the last 10 years of the OJJDP Family Strengthening project as well as in current work. In former years, national searches were conducted in which nominations were solicited from every state in the United States. In the original 1989 search, over 500 programs were reviewed. During the current project year, unique strategies were used to identify potential programs for consideration. Programs were drawn primarily from "Model Programs identified from 1994 OJJDP National Search", programs identified in the document: "Preventing Substance Abuse Among Children and Adolescents: Family Centered Approaches: Prevention Enhancement Protocol System (PEPS) published by CSAP, a search of the scientific literature and recommendation of program developers of other outstanding models. It should be noted that not all program developers contacted chose to participate in the search either due to the lack of time to compile the information needed or other reasons. The program developers were contacted directly by the University of Utah staff working with OJJDP or the National Center for the Advancement of Prevention (NCAP) staff working with CSAP in order to request their formal submission.
Program developers submitted a 10-page description of their program in addition to research publications and/or evaluation reports detailing the effectiveness of the program. If applicable, they were also asked to provide their program curriculum material. The 10 page description provided information on the following areas: program history, theoretical assumptions, outcomes expected, targeted population, format and content of the program, teaching methods utilized, staffing requirements, evaluation methodology including research design, measures, data collection, analyses, and results, replications, and capacity for dissemination. This information was forwarded to a panel of experts on the National Program Review Committee (NPRC).
Five committees of nationally known experts were assembled to assess the quality of the program submissions and act as an advisory committee to recommend the best programs. These three person committees focused on family therapy, family skills training, in-home family support, and parenting programs. Committees reviewed and rated the programs and came to consensus regarding the categorization of each program. CSAP staff together with the University of Utah staff determined the final categorization of programs.
Rating/Categorization of Programs
Numerous criteria were utilized by the review committee to rate and categorize programs. The criteria included: theory, fidelity of the interventions, sampling strategy and implementation, attrition, measures, data collection, missing data, analysis, replications, dissemination capability, cultural and age appropriateness, integrity and program utility. Each program was rated independently by reviewers, discussed and a final determination made regarding the appropriate category. The following categories were used:
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