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.
Applications for breakout speakers are now closed. Thank you to those who submitted applications. The Blueprints team will be in touch.
Private Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven InterventionsMorning 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, Vice President
Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Public Sector Investment in Experimentally Proven InterventionsMorning 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
Director of Programs and Services, Fiscal Administration, Training, and Applied Data Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division
Prevention Administrator Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Brian K. Bumbarger, PhD
Visiting Research Associate Professor Colorado State University
Challenges and Opportunities Facing BlueprintsAfternoon 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