What is Science-Based Prevention?

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.

Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAP); SAMHSA's Collaborative for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) 


This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.

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