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The Lists of Evidence-Based Programs: Multiple federal agencies have put together registries that list evidence-based programs. Registries include programs that impact outcomes that reduce teen pregnancy, as well as programs that impact risky behaviors and situations that place students at risk for teen pregnancy. Many lists are categorized, similar to a consumer guide, so communities can search for programs that best fit their needs.


US Department of Health and Human Services Lists:

US Department of Education Lists:  

US Department of Justice Lists: 

  • What works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services:
  • Searchable data base by category of more than 200 evidence-based programs impacting a wide range of topics including substance abuse, mental health, gang violence, bullying, and education programs:

A Guide to Evidence and Innovation:  

  • The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, made up of 12 federal departments and five federal agencies, launched a website dedicated to helping communities put evidence-based programs and practices for youth in place. See more at:

 Families and Youth Resources:

  •  A resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, a division of the Department of Health & Human Services dedicated to promoting the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities:
  • An interactive website that gives parents a chance to role play talking to their children about the dangers of underage drinking:

  •   A Guide for Understanding, Supporting, and Affirming LGBTQI2-S Children, Youth, and Families:

CDC Adolescent and School Health Sites: 

US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health Sites:


Websites and Contact Information for Other DSHS Youth Programming by Subject:

LGBT Resources:

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