Tools for Identifying, Selecting, and Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions

A primary objective of the GP IDeA-CTR is to facilitate the translation of ideas and research findings across the translational spectrum from discovery science to population health applications. A key area in advancing dissemination and implementation science is the identification of relevant evidence-based interventions. The following resources are designed to assist researchers that are interested in moving research from T2 to T3/T4 in the translational spectrum. This page is not intended to be an index of all existing resources. If you have recommendations for resources to add to our list email

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) released “A Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs” in 2013 which highlights 79 evidence-based disease and injury prevention programs designed to reduce tobacco use, injuries, asthma, alcohol abuse and sexually-transmitted infections, increase physical activity and improve eating habits.

Burkhardt, J. T., Schröter, D. C., Magura, S., Means, S. N., & Coryn, C. L. (2015). An overview of evidence-based program registers (EBPRs) for behavioral health. Evaluation and program planning, 48, 92-99.!po=16.6667

A searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH. This database allows you to learn more about MCH programs across the U.S. and to benefit from the lessons learned by your peers. Search fields help to locate the innovative programs AMCHP has collected. Then click on the program title to download a summary of activities, evaluation, outcomes, lessons learned and resources.


This portal provides access to web-based resources that can assist in assessing cancer risk, identifying partner organizations, accessing evidence-based programs and products, and finding guidelines for planning and evaluation.

Information on research-tested, practice-tested and emerging interventions. Provides an overview of interventions, including potential for public health effect defined by Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM).

“The Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs) and Best Practices in the Compendium are identified by the CDC’s Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) Project through a series of ongoing systematic reviews. Each eligible intervention is evaluated against explicit a priori criteria and has shown sufficient evidence that the intervention works.”

Training resources to help bridge the gap between behavioral health research and practice. Aims of the EBBP project are to create tools to improve research and practice training for psychosocial interventions, build the evidence base for behavioral treatments, and upgrade evidence-based behavioral practice.

Evidence-Based Cancer Control Programs (EBCCP) is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  EBCCP is a searchable database of evidence-based cancer control programs and is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to program materials.

Health Evidence™ is a free online registry of systematic review-level evidence evaluating the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions. This website is one component of a larger knowledge translation resource.

A searchable database of research on evidence-based programs and effective practices. Innovations describe the activity, its effect, how the innovator developed and implemented it, and other information. Quality Tools are practical tools can be used to assess, measure, promote, and improve the quality of programs and services.

This resource provides pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to find published literature to support achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives.

From the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), this database allows you to search for model programs by topic area (i.e. Maternal Child Health) and provides information about the program including who did it, where it was, population served, intervention, outcomes, and lessons learned.

Practical tools, databases, and registries developed by federal agencies to help planners, health professionals, and policymakers identify and use research findings and evidence-based prevention services in their work and communities.

Search a library of federal tools and resources to help you develop and conduct prevention research projects. You’ll find data instruments, research findings, clinical practice guidelines, and examples of translating research into practice through public health programs, policies, and interventions.!/tool?terms=dissemination-implementation

The PPN site features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All programs have been reviewed for quality and to ensure that they have evidence of positive effects.

An interactive training curriculum to support community program planners and health educators in developing skills in using evidence-based approaches and learning about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions. This page includes resources for planning and delivering a “Putting Public Health Evidence in Action” training workshop with a Facilitator’s Guide and support materials.

The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.

Resources for exploring promising approaches to promote community health and development compiled by the Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas’ Community Tool Box Center.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services, also known as The Community Guide, is a free resource for evidence-based recommendations and findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts.

This website features summaries of programs and practices that are proven through evaluation or show promise to improve outcomes for children and families. The PPN is operated by the RAND Corporation and is intended to help decision-makers understand program approaches shown in the literature to improve outcomes. The website allows you to search for programs by topic area, indicators, or level of evidence supporting positive outcomes and provides a description of each program. The website is updated frequently. This is a great resource to use in searching for information about evidence-based interventions that can be used in local program development.

This tool from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health.

A database of policies and programs that can improve health on a range of topics, including health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. It reviews and summarizes findings from numerous resources. It also notes who the “decision maker” would be for each.

Multiple federal agencies (Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Defense, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, & U.S. Department of Labor) compiled registries that list evidence-based programs as a way to disseminate information about programs and their level of effectiveness. Registries vary in the programs they include, how they define evidence, the depth of evidence they require, the criteria they use for classifying evidence-based programs, and their area of focus.