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Blueprints Advisory Board

Blueprints Advisory Board


The Blueprints Advisory Board consists of seven experts representing different areas of healthy youth development.

Thomas D. Cook
Northwestern University

Delbert Elliott
University of Colorado, Boulder

Frances Gardner
University of Oxford

Denise C. Gottfredson
University of Maryland

J. David Hawkins
University of Washington

Larry Hedges
Northwestern University

Patrick Tolan
University of Virginia

Nominate a Program

Blueprints Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Blueprints uses rigorous criteria to review all articles/reports that contain evaluation information for a given program. Send all evaluation articles/papers to:

Blueprints Review
University of Colorado Boulder
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
483 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

For electronic submission, email:

  • Do NOT send implementation manuals.
  • Allow 8-10 weeks for the internal review by Blueprints staff.
  • You will be notified by mail or email when the internal review is completed and whether or not the
    program will be submitted to the advisory board for a final review.

Steps in the Review Process:

Programs enter the review process in two manners: (1) nominations from someone associated with the program, (2) a monthly search of the literature on the Blueprints outcomes of interest.

  1. Write-ups are completed by Blueprints staff detailing the program methodology and outcomes from studies, as well as numerous other factors.
  2. Write-ups are reviewed and edited by two senior Blueprints staff.
  3. A determination is made as to whether a program might qualify as model or promising.
  4. If a nominated program does not meet Blueprints criteria, the person who submitted the program will be notified in 8-10 weeks as to the reasons for non-acceptance.
  5. If the program has a potential of meeting the Blueprints criteria, it will be submitted to the Blueprints Advisory Board, who meet twice a year, for a final review and decision.
  6. A letter notifying the program designer of the final decision and reasons for that decision will be sent immediately after the Board meeting.
  7. In some cases, the Advisory Board may ask the program designer/evaluator for additional information or analysis that will help make the case for acceptance. Once that information is obtained, the program will be re-reviewed by the Advisory Board. Final notification of the determination will be sent to the program designer/evaluator.