The Importance of Quality Implementation for Research, Practice, and Policy. Appendix: Resources That Provide Assistance on Selecting and Implementing Programs


  1. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). CASEL's main goal is to foster the implementation of evidence-based programming to enhance academic, social, and emotional learning in preschools through high schools. In doing so CASEL collaborates with program developers and consultants who offer professional development services for schools interested in implementing effective school programs. CASEL also has useful toolkits to help districts and schools select evidence-based programs and plan for implementation
  2. Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. This agency helps schools select and conduct evidence-based programs; it provides general assistance and puts schools into contact with various groups that support different programs. The S3 TA Center's Website ( includes information about the Center's training and technical assistance, products and tools, and latest research findings, including links to searchable lists of and information about evidence-based programs and programmatic interventions. In particular, it includes a page on programmatic interventions at
  3. FindYouthInfo. ( was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from twelveFederal Departments and five Federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth by identifying and disseminating promising and effective strategies. Its website provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.
  4. National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Website. ( The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention's (National Center) is another resource for states/districts/schools interested in researching and implementing evidence-based programs. The National Center's overall goal is to provide technical assistance (TA) and training to school districts and communities that receive grants from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Center offers an array of products and services that enable grantees to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain activities that foster resilience, promote mental health, and prevent youth violence and mental and behavioral disorders.
  5. Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPIS Center). ( The EPIS Center is a project of the Prevention Research Center, within the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University. It provides support for the implementation of 11 evidence-based programs with attention to providing training and technical assistance, developing resources, helping programs advocate in communities, and conducting research.

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