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

Monday Pre-Conference Sessions

April 27

Increasing Salience, Usability and Reach of Blueprints Programs for Policymakers

Dan Edwards, Ph. D., Senior Director, Evidence-Based Associates

Diana Fishbein, Ph. D., Director, Translational Prevention Research, University of North Carolina; Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Director, Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment at Pennsylvania State University; and Director, National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives


  • Define prevention science--its breadth and depth--and its criticality in promoting positive outcomes through its imbedding in practice and policy
  • Introduce the BP registry, highlighting its value and walking thru ways to improve usability and reach;
    • Provide an operational definition of “evidence-based programs”
    • Discuss the benefits of adherence to high scientific standards
    • Demonstrate how to navigate the newly updated Blueprints website
  • Train practitioners, researchers and other participants in advocacy with direct input from policymakers (what they need and in what form);
  • Provide policymakers with the knowledge and specific action steps to accommodate prevention science findings in their legislative agendas.


A. An overview of prevention science and its primary findings (Diana Fishbein, University of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University and the National Prevention Science Coalition)
B. A session on evidence-based strategies (practices, programs, policies) to include EB thresholding (Dan Edwards, Evidence-Based Associates)
C. A longer, meatier session on implementation and scaling to really hit hard on usability and reach (Will Aldridge and Robin Jenkins, UNC and the National Prevention Science Coalition)
D. Economics/cost benefits (John Roman, NORC University of Chicago and the National Prevention Science Coalition)

A. Policy implications and recommendations: state and federal (Brian Bumbarger, Colorado State University Prevention Research Center)
B. A national agenda (Tony Biglan, ORI and the National Prevention Science Coalition)
C. Advocacy training (Matej Košir, Institute for Research and Development "Utrip")
D. Discussion with significant audience participation

Brief Description:
In the past two years, knowledge amassed regarding evidence-based prevention and early intervention has been elevated to the national stage for the first time. The increased recognition of the benefits and cost-effectiveness of programs generated by prevention science has the potential for Blueprint Programs to achieve a measure of scale previously unseen. Further reinforcing the significance of prevention science is the recently released NASEM Report on the promotion of mental, emotional and behavioral health and well-being. The Report provides a detailed roadmap of the full spectrum of prevention science: i.e., etiological underpinnings, the wide range of influential factors, strategies to promote healthy development, implementation and scaling, policy and a national agenda. We will build from the structure and findings of this report as the theme and subtext for this preconference, which will walk participants through the science to its application in practical settings and the criticality of transferring this knowledge to policy making bodies for sustainable change.
Target Audience:
Relevant to practitioners, clinicians, educators, researchers, state and federal policy makers and advocates.