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The following is a collection of resources and tools identified by NREPP to support the selection and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices addressing substance abuse and mental health.

  • Questions To Ask as You Explore the Possible Use of an Intervention
    This document provides questions to ask an intervention developer when deciding whether to implement a specific evidence-based intervention. Questions address implementations, adaptations, staffing, quality assurance mechanisms, training and technical assistance, and cost.
  • The Hexagon Tool: Exploring Context (PDF, 535 KB)
    Developed by the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), the Hexagon Tool helps organizations in the exploration stage of implementation to systematically evaluate evidence-based programs and practices along six factors: needs, fit, resources, evidence, readiness for replication, and capacity to implement.

  • Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: Questions To Consider (PDF, 240 KB)
    This document is a tool for facilitating discussion and decisionmaking about evidence-based programs and practices. It is intended to help administrators, program directors, and clinicians charged with choosing programs and practices that meet the needs of their target population and community.

  • Understanding Evidence Part 1: Best Available Research Evidence. A Guide to the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness (PDF, 875 KB)
    This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance document explains the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness, a tool that was developed to facilitate a common understanding of what the best available research evidence means in the field of violence prevention.

  • Community Development Team Model: Supporting the Model Adherent Implementation of Programs and Practices (PDF, 1.18 MB)
    This report, which includes a technical manual, describes the California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) Community Development Team Model. This model relies on the leadership of a team of community stakeholders in implementing evidence-based practices in mental health settings.

  • Organizational Readiness for Change Assessment
    The Institute of Behavioral Research (IBR) at Texas Christian University (TCU) has developed this tool to measure aspects of organizational readiness for change. IBR also has developed a variety of other assessment tools for clients and staff. (Written permission for nonprofit research use of these instruments is not required; however, it is requested that IBR be notified of their use and that copies of reports based on these instruments be sent to IBR as a professional courtesy.)

  • Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database
    The Alcohol and Drug Institute at the University of Washington maintains this database of substance use screening and assessment instruments.

  • Mental Health Screening Tools
    The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Division of Infectious Diseases, has compiled this information on screening tools to complete a mental health assessment.

  • Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships
    This document is drawn from detailed meta-analyses appearing in the second edition of Psychotherapy Relationships That Work, published by Oxford University Press. The document examines the association between elements of the therapy relationship and treatment effectiveness.