2020 Conference Action to Outcome: The Rising Results of Blueprints
2020 Conference
Action to Outcome: The Rising Results of Blueprints

Conference Overview

The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by convening evaluators, prevention experts, program designers, policymakers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about experimentally-proven interventions (EPIs) designed to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive development. Conference sessions focus on providing guidance and tools that enhance the adoption and implementation of Blueprints interventions, as well as research related to the adoption, implementation and sustainability of EPIs. The purpose of bringing individuals and organizations involved in EPIs together in one location is to provide a first-class conference that offers continuing education and networking opportunities for those interested or involved in implementing programs, practices and policies certified by Blueprints. We are fortunate to have some of the industry's top speakers join us at each of the Blueprints Conferences and always look forward to learning from their experiences.


To help participants identify pertinent sessions and take full advantage of the Blueprints conference, sessions are organized in five tracks, based on the conference theme. Learn more about these tracks here.

Speaker Proposals

Applications for breakout speakers are now closed. Thank you to those who submitted applications. The Blueprints team will be in touch.

Keynote Panels

Private Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven Interventions

Morning of April 28, 2020

National philanthropic foundations have devoted significant private resources to improving the lives of our most vulnerable children, youth and families. Their overarching goal is to reduce the roadblocks and increase opportunities for all children to reach their developmental milestones, succeed in academic and social settings, and enter the workforce equipped with the skills needed to be effective and productive. Leaders from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) and Arnold Ventures—two philanthropic powerhouses that have invested in Blueprints—will present innovative strategies that have been particularly impactful in the educational, civic, child welfare, mental health, drug addiction and juvenile justice domains. This panel session will lead to greater awareness of the progress private sectors are making in our communities, with the potential to identify opportunities for leveraging respective resources.


Jon Baron

Vice President, Evidence-Based Policy Initiative
Arnold Ventures

Cindy Guy, PhD

Vice President, Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Public Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven Interventions

Morning of April 29, 2020

This panel presentation will highlight states that have successfully scaled-up interventions certified by Blueprints. The panel is designed to serve as a forum for stimulating states to model the types of systems needed to support the delivery of experimentally proven interventions. Panelists will share lessons learned, barriers to success, and efforts to work through those barriers. We are inviting a coalition of states doing this work, with the goal of providing a framework for other states that might want to adopt a similar approach.


Michael D. Pennington

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Julie Revaz

Director of Programs and Services, Fiscal Administration, Training, and Applied Data
Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division

Craig PoVey

Prevention Administrator
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Moderated By:

Brian K. Bumbarger, PhD

Visiting Research Associate Professor
Colorado State University

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Blueprints

Afternoon of April 29, 2020

Each intervention certified by Blueprints has been intensively reviewed by an independent panel of evaluation experts (the Blueprints Advisory Board) and has been determined to meet a clear set of scientific standards. Interventions are rated as either Promising, Model, or Model Plus. Promising interventions meet our minimum standard of evaluation quality and are recommended for additional follow-up research. Model interventions meet a higher standard and provide greater confidence in the intervention’s capacity to change behavior and developmental outcomes. Dr. Karl Hill, Chair of the Blueprints Advisory Board, will present five issues Blueprints currently faces in certifying interventions, followed by Board discussion. These issues include: (1) How to deal with certification in the face of mixed evidence; (2) Transportability of interventions across populations; (3) Adaptation of interventions; (4) How best to represent evidence to communities; and, (5) How to encourage the use of evidence in our public health prevention planning.


Delbert Elliott, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Boulder

Abigail Fagan, Ph.D.

University of Florida

Frances Gardner, Ph.D.

Oxford University

David J. Hawkins, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Karl G. Hill, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Boulder

Velma M. Murry, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University

Patrick H. Tolan, Ph.D.

University of Virginia