Science-based prevention refers to a process in which experts:
- Use commonly agreed upon criteria for rating research interventions
- Come to a consensus that evaluation research findings are credible and can be substantiated
From this process, a set of effective principles, strategies, and model programs can be derived to guide prevention efforts. This process is sometimes referred to as evidenced based.
*This definition was developed by the Northeast CAPT (PDF). For additional information regarding science-based prevention, effective prevention strategies and key settings and elements of the strategic planning process visit their website.
This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.