Step 4a: Choose Evidence-based Programs

4a: Choose an Evidence-based Program

Use the links below to compare high-quality, ready-made EBPs [definition] you can customize for your community. Each public health program you find through these links has been:

  • found to be effective, 
  • implemented with a specific group, and
  • tested through formal evaluation.

These programs can:

  • save your organization time and money, and
  • be customized and localized for your community.

When choosing an evidence-based program, there is no right or wrong answer. However, the more your program matches your goals, objectives, community's needs and your resources the better. In other words, look for a program that will have the greatest impact in your community with as little change as possible.

Explore the programs in the categories below. Once you've chosen a program, go to Step 4b.

Step 4bCustomize and localize the program for use in your community.

Select Resources

Use the links below to find evidence-based programs on a wide range of topics from a number of high-quality sources. For additional evidence-based programs on a variety of health topics, click here.

Key EBP Resources
RTIPS on Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.

The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (CCP) includes a wide range of EBPs for health promotion.  The website uses the phrase "RTIPs" or Research-tested Intervention Programs, which are the same as EBPs.  The website allows you to view programs by health topic or to use specific criteria to search for programs.  The site covers many health topics including cancer screening (for a range of cancers), diet / nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco control. 

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (SAMHSA's NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 230 programs in the areas of mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Programs can be searched by topic, outcome, and setting, as well as by target audience characteristics, such as age and race / ethnicity. 

Model Practices Database (National Association of County and City Health Officials)

A searchable database of practices across different areas of public health, including mental health, maternal and child health, chronic disease, tobacco control, and preparedness.  The practices identified as “model practices” are of particular interest for the systematic approach to program planning.

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