2020 Conference
April 27–29, 2020
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO

About The Blueprints Conference

The Goal

The goal of the Blueprints Conference is to disseminate science-based information on programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. This conference will provide support, guidance and tools by program and prevention experts to promote effective policymaking and help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities.

The Purpose

The purpose of bringing policymakers, developers and practitioners of evidence-based programs together in one location is to provide a first-class conference that offers continuing education and networking opportunities. This conference sets a foundation for future collaboration among those interested in the promotion of evidence-based programs.

Target Audience

  • State child welfare, juvenile justice, education, mental and behavioral health and public directors seeking to invest in evidence-based programs for children
  • Public school district administrators with oversight for program planning
  • Federal agencies with oversight for children’s programs
  • Foundations supporting research and practice on children’s issues
  • Policymakers interested in programs they should support
  • Community-based programs and advocacy organizations/advocates
  • Researchers and program developers – understanding standards and information about similar programs

About Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is a project within the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. We identify, recommend, and disseminate programs for youth, families and communities that, based on scientific evaluations, have strong evidence of effectiveness. Blueprints (originally started as Blueprints for Violence Prevention) was one of the earliest efforts to establish a clear scientific standard for evaluating the evidence of a program’s effectiveness, implementing a rigorous expert review process and certifying those programs that met this standard. Launched in 1996 by internationally renowned violence researcher Dr. Delbert S. Elliott (who also founded the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in 1992), the early years of Blueprints focused on identifying programs that were effective in addressing violence and drug use outcomes.

Since its inception, Blueprints has expanded its scope to include mental and physical health, self-regulation, educational achievement and other positive developmental outcomes. Blueprints’ latest expansion includes a focus on reducing crime among adult offenders, thus, Blueprints interventions now target all levels of need—from broad prevention programs that promote positive behaviors while decreasing negative behaviors to highly-targeted programs for at-risk children, troubled teens or formerly incarcerated adults that get them back on track.