School districts that implement evidence-based programs are more likely to achieve positive student behavior outcomes. Find evidence-based programs using the tables of identified Research-Validated programs. Learn more about the process for identifying Research-Validated Programs and how to implement them with fidelity.
While all of the programs available from the California Healthy Kids Resource Center are research-based (i.e., they use or support strategies for which research provides evidence of effectiveness), a limited number of programs have demonstrated the level of credible evidence of effectiveness that identifies them as Research-Validated.
Research-Validated programs have empirically demonstrated reductions in health-risk behaviors and/or increases in health-promoting behaviors at least six months after the completion of the program.
Research that provides evidence of effectiveness for Research-Validated programs is published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
Materials Ready for Implementation
Research-Validated program materials are complete, available, and ready to be implemented at school sites in California.
This table below displays all programs identified by the Center as Research-Validated. Health curriculum and prevention program administrators are encouraged to become familiar with the program descriptions and research summaries, including target populations, settings, and grade levels prior to selecting programs.
The Program Grades column notes the grade levels addressed by each program.
The Research-Validated (R-V) Grade Ranges column indicates the grade ranges for which published research has demonstrated a positive impact on students’ health-related behaviors. The R-V Grade Ranges provide an additional science-based framework for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to reference when selecting and implementing Research-Validated programs.
Subject area columns (Alcohol & Other Drugs, Injury & Safety, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Sexual Health, Tobacco, and Violence) include "Yes" when the program shows positive behavioral outcomes in one or more areas. The cell is blank when there is no peer-reviewed evidence of positive behavioral outcomes in that area.
|Becoming a Responsible Teen||9–12||9–12||Yes|
|Botvin’s Life Skills Training||3–9||3–9||Yes||Yes|
|Caring School Community||K-6||K-6||Yes||Yes|
|Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)||K-8||K-6||Yes||Yes|
|Creating Lasting Family Connections||6–12||6–8||Yes|
|Focus on Kids||4–10||4–10||Yes|
|Guiding Good Choices – Families That Care||4–8||4–8||Yes|
|I Can Problem Solve||PreK-6||PreK, K-3||Yes|
|keepin’ it REAL||6–8||6–8||Yes||Yes|
|Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence||6–8||6–8||Yes|
|Making a Difference!||6–8||6–8||Yes|
|Making Proud Choices!||6–8||6–8||Yes|
|Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program||4–8||6–8||Yes|
|Project Northland – Class Action||11–12||11–12||Yes|
|Project Toward No Drug Abuse (TND)||9–12||9–12||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Project Toward No Tobacco Use (TNT)||5–8||6–8||Yes|
|Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)||K-5||K-3||Yes|
|Reducing the Risk, Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD and HIV||9–12||9–12||Yes|
|Residential Student Assistance Program||9–12||9–12||Yes||Yes|
|S.S. GRIN – Social Skills Group Intervention||3–5||3–5||Yes|
|State-Wide Indian Drug Prevention Program||4–6||4–6||Yes||Yes|
|Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10–14||5–8||6–8||Yes||Yes|
|Think First for Kids (Not circulated at this time, contact CHKRC for information.)||1–3||1–3||Yes|
Research-Validated — Sexual Health (detail)
Research-Validated — Tobacco (detail)
Research-Validated — Violence (detail)