2016 Conference
April 11–13, 2016
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO

About The Blueprints Conference

The Goal

The goal of the conference is to disseminate science-based information on programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. This conference will provide support, guidance and tools by program and prevention experts to promote effective policymaking and help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities.

The Purpose

The purpose of bringing policymakers, developers and practitioners of evidence-based programs together in one location is to provide a first-class conference that offers continuing education and networking opportunities. This conference sets a foundation for future collaboration among those interested in the promotion of evidence-based programs.

Target Audience

  • State child welfare, juvenile justice, education, mental and behavioral health and public directors seeking to invest in evidence-based programs for children
  • Public school district administrators with oversight for program planning
  • Federal agencies with oversight for children’s programs
  • Foundations supporting research and practice on children’s issues
  • Policymakers interested in programs they should support
  • Community-based programs and advocacy organizations/advocates
  • Researchers and program developers – understanding standards and information about similar programs

About Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Blueprints (formerly Blueprints for Violence Prevention) began in 1996 and is hosted at the University of Colorado Boulder—Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). With over a decade of funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Blueprints maintained a focus on violence and drug use outcomes. Through funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation it has recently expanded its scope to include mental and physical health, self-regulation and educational achievement outcomes.

Blueprints’ standards for certifying model and promising programs are widely recognized as the most rigorous in use. Program effectiveness is based upon an initial review by CSPV and a final review and recommendation from a distinguished advisory board, comprised of seven experts in the field of youth development. Users can have confidence in the ability of the certified programs to change targeted behavior and developmental outcomes.