Why Evidence-Based Programs?In order to provide the best possible service and results to our clients, Evidence-Based Associates (EBA) centers our business on a small set of internationally-recognized, research-proven programs known as evidence-based programs (EBPs). When servicing our clients, EBA contracts only with those programs that meet the highest standards of scientific scrutiny. These programs are the best of the bestproven by research and data to generate positive results.
An example of how EBP's can turn lives around and save taxpayer dollars, is EBA's Redirection project in the state of Florida. This project, funded from 2004 - 2013, is an example of how utilizing EBPs vs. out-of-home placement saves taxpayer dollars. This chart outlines the savings.
EBA only works with gold-standard, evidence-based programs because they:
FACT: The large majority of programs implemented in our communities have little or no credible research or evidence of effectiveness, lead funders to risk having poor outcomes and squander millions in wasted resources each year.
FACT: Investments in proven, tested, research-based programs lead to greatly improved outcomes and significant cost savings.
According to a review by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado, of the more than 900 prevention/intervention programs that claim to prevent or deter violence, drug use or delinquent behavior, less than 20 percent have any rigorous evaluation or proof of effectiveness.
EBA only utilizes programs that have met the highest standard of scientific inquiry and have a solid research foundation together with a demonstrated track record of success in terms of replication and support. We recommend the use of the Blueprints Model Program criteria as managed by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder. These criteria include the following:
We are so certain that we can deliver positive results due to our relationships and knowledge of evidence-based programs that our contracts are performance-based contractscontracts guaranteeing the outcomes desired or returning funding for youth who don't succeed.