Evidence-Based Practices & Programs

These federal resources can help you identify evidence-based disease prevention approaches that have the potential to impact public health. Each agency and organization listed below uses their own process to identify what is evidence-based but often a systematic review or a meta-analysis is used to evaluate the body of evidence in a given field.

Findings & Recommendations

The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide): Task Force Findings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
A collection of evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventive services, programs, and policies to improve health and prevent disease within states, communities, organizations, businesses, health systems, and schools. The Community Preventive Services Task Force develops its findings using systematic reviews and information about local needs, goals, and constraints.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications. The USPSTF assigns each recommendation a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or I – insufficient) based on the strength of the evidence and the balance of benefits and harms of a preventive service. The recommendations apply only to people who have no signs or symptoms of the specific disease or condition, and the recommendations address only services offered in the primary care setting or services referred by a primary care clinician.

Strategies & Interventions

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.

Community Health Online Resource Center (CHORC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
A collection of tools to support environmental changes that address obesity and tobacco use. Tools include webinars, model policies, tool kits, databases, fact sheets, and other practical materials.

Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
A quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians and health care teams identify, prioritize, and deliver the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Healthy People 2020 Evidence-Based Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
A database with hundreds of evidence-based interventions and resources to improve the health of communities, informed by science-based, 10-year national objectives to measurably improve Americans' health. Searchable by multiple criteria, including strength of evidence, population group, intervention type, and resource type.

Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) – Dissemination and Implementation Science

National Library of Medicine (NLM)
A collection of D&I health services research resources on the web, including news, data and tools, funding and fellowship announcements, publications, key organizations, and meetings. It is not an index of all resources; items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.

Implementation Science Information and Resources

Fogarty International Center (FIC)
A collection of D&I-related news at Fogarty, funding opportunities, and online resources for D&I research in global health.

Innovations Exchange

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Digital forum that provides health professionals and researchers the opportunity to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of health care settings and populations. Includes searchable profiles of successful and attempted service delivery and policy innovations, practical tools, articles, and reports.

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Searchable online registry of more than 350 substance use and mental health interventions. Developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for use and what may best meet their needs.

Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
A searchable database of cancer control interventions and materials designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners with easy and immediate access to research-tested resources.