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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (Eugene, OR)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Social Environment / Children's Social Environment, Teens

Goal: The goal of the MTFC program is to decrease problem behavior and to increase developmentally appropriate normative and prosocial behavior in children and adolescents who are in need of out-of-home placement.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for Juvenile Offenders

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Children

Goal: The ultimate goal of MST is to empower families to build a healthier environment through the mobilization of existing child, family, and community resources.

Project START (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases, Adults

Goal: The goal of Project START is to reduce sexual risk behavior of young men re-entering the community after incarceration.

Albuquerque Victim's Offender Mediation Program (Albuquerque, NM)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Corrections, Teens

Goal: The mission of this program is to provide services that allow both victims and offenders to participate in a process where both parties have a sense of restored wholeness in their lives and in their communities. This wholeness is manifested when parties are feeling a sense of safety and trust in their communities and in their relationships with self and others. It is the goal of this organization to provide a sense of justice that repairs the damage done and restores relationships, both personal and communal, to their original state to the extent possible.

Anchorage Youth Court (Anchorage, AK)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Corrections, Children, Urban

Goal: Anchorage Youth Court gives youth offenders personal accountability; youth attorneys good training and the opportunity to make a significant difference in others' lives; and the public an effective and comprehensive public safety system.

Avon Park Youth Academy and Street Smart Program (Florida)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Corrections, Teens

Goal: The program’s goal is to provide specialized, remedial education and intensive vocational training to moderate risk youth committed to Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice.

Bard Prison Initiative (New York)

Filed under Good Idea, Public Safety / Corrections, Adults, Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Goal: The goal of the Bard Prison Initiative is to prevent reincarceration by providing higher-education to prison populations.

Baton Rouge Partnership for the Prevention of Juvenile Gun Violence (Baton Rouge, LA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Children, Urban

Goal: The partnership uses a comprehensive strategy with four specific goals:

1. Carry out a multi-agency law enforcement (suppression) strategy to reduce gun-related and other violent crimes committed by youths 17 and older.
2. Operate an intensive intervention program to reduce the risk factors for the highest risk youths, their families, and the community.
3. Mobilize the community at the grassroots level to address the problems of hard-to-reach families and the highest risk youths.
4. Operate a long-range prevention program that identifies, links, and strengthens existing resources to serve youths who may be at risk.

Boys Town (Omaha, NE)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Corrections, Children, Teens

Goal: The goal of this program is to provide abused, abandoned and neglected girls and boys with a safe, caring, loving environment where they gain confidence to get better and learn skills to become productive citizens.

Center for Employment Opportunities (New York, NY)

Filed under Effective Practice, Economy / Employment

Goal: The goal of this program is to help men and women who are returning home from prison to regain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to a stable, productive life.