Cover: Programs That Work, from the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities

Programs That Work, from the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities

Published Sep 26, 2014

Edited by M. Rebecca Kilburn, Jill S. Cannon, Teryn Mattox, Rebecca Shaw

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The Promising Practices Network (PPN) on Children, Families and Communities ( began as a partnership between four state-level organizations that help public and private organizations improve the well-being of children and families. The PPN website, archived in June 2014, featured summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. The information on this website pertained to children from the prenatal period to age 18, as well as the families and communities in which they live. This site provided useful information to decisionmakers, practitioners, and program funders who had to choose among many possibilities for improving results for children, youth, and families. The website content included summaries of evidence-based programs, issue briefs, and other products that helped decisionmakers access high-quality research relevant to child and family policy.

This document contains the summaries of the Programs That Work section of the PPN website, as of June 2014. PPN staff reviewed hundreds of programs' evaluations and assessed whether the evidence of effectiveness met the preestablished criteria. Programs with evidence meeting the criteria were summarized in a brief description in this section of the PPN website. We reproduce the summaries here to serve as a permanent archive for policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders.

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