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Child Welfare Information Gateway
Using research information, continuously improving prevention strategies and implementing evidence-based programs and practices will be an increasing focus of the Community-Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention program through the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect of the Children’s Bureau.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Part of SAMHSA’s strategic goals is to “identify and promote evidence-based approaches.” SAMHSA defines evidence-based programs in one of three categories: (1) Promising Programs, (2) Effective Programs, and (3) Model Programs. In addition, SAMHSA has developed a resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities. The resource is the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) collects, screens, and identifies studies of effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies).
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control – CDC (of the Department of Health and Human Services) addresses the prevention of child maltreatment as one aspect of injury prevention. The public health approach is to define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, develop and test prevention strategies, and assure widespread adoption of prevention principles and strategies. The CDC seeks to support research and programmatic efforts in child maltreatment.
National Institutes for Mental Health (NIMH) - Child Abuse and Neglect Program
The Child Abuse and Neglect Program is within the Division of Pediatric Translational Research and Treatment Development (DPTR) in NIMH which supports research with the goal of preventing and curing childhood psychopathology and developing novel treatment and prevention strategies. Research in child abuse and neglect focuses on immediate and long-term mental health impact on the child. This program supports research that addresses child abuse and neglect, and familial aspects of traumatic stress as risk factors for psychopathology in children and adolescents.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
OPRE is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.
Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment
This report from the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services states that a growing body of evidence suggests that some home visiting programs are successful as a child maltreatment prevention strategy.