Other Free Online Tools for Finding Systematic Reviews, Evaluation Studies and Best Practices

CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, is dedicated to answering questions such as: “Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?”

Model Practices Database from the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is “an online, searchable collection of innovative best practices across public health areas.”

Promising Practices Network on Children, Families & Communities was created by the RAND Corporation. “The PPN website features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All of the information on the site has been screened for scientific rigor, relevance, and clarity.”

AHRQ Innovations Exchange is offered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “The Innovations Exchange supports the Agency’s mission to improve the quality of health care and reduce disparities.”

SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices is “a searchable online registry of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.” It was developed by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Crime Solutions was created by the Office of Justice Programs and “uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.”

Through the Community Toolbox you can access a directory of additional free databases for finding best practices, compiled by the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.