Guidance for continued program development

The rating criteria used in the NREPP review process are the result of extensive collaboration between SAMHSA and stakeholders in the field (as outlined in the changes to NREPP published in the March 2006 Federal Register notice [PDF, 538KB]). The criteria represent the prevailing ideas for the assessment of evidence-based practice research quality and dissemination capability of mental health and substance abuse interventions.

Ratings and comments provided by NREPP's expert reviewers can provide direction for future studies and the ongoing development of program materials. Program developers with interventions that are not yet ready for NREPP can also use the rating criteria to guide study design or the translation of a research protocol into a complete dissemination package.

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