In 2013, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Board of Directors convened a task force to update and extend the “SPR Standards of Evidence: Criteria for Efficacy, Effectiveness and Dissemination” published in 2004. The “Standards of Evidence for Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Scale-up Research in Prevention Science: Next Generation” published online: 07 April 2015 in Prevention Science (click here) represents the work of this task force. The revised and updated standards include special attention to standards for replication studies and scaling up of effective interventions. New standards have been added for testing theory, describing interventions, measuring the quality of implementation, documenting adaptations in the field, reporting study results, and evaluating outcomes of scale-up efforts. Guidance is also provided on determining effectiveness in face of multiple outcomes/multiple studies. The article will be published in a forthcoming print issue of Prevention Science, which will also include commentaries from several prevention scientists.

The SPR Board of Directors endorses the “next generation” standards produced through this effort and anticipates that these revised standards will help to encourage research that will strengthen the impact of prevention science to improve the public health and well-being.We encourage you to disseminate it broadly.


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The SPR Training Committee has compiled a list of degree programs or certificates in prevention science and a list of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training/education in prevention science.  As the field of prevention science grows we will continue to update the lists.  If you have suggestions to add or updates to the lists please contact Jennifer Lewis via email at jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Society for Prevention Research provides these lists as a resource only.  The Society does not endorse any of the specific programs.

Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training/Education in Prevention Science (February 2013)

Degree Programs in Prevention Science (December 2014)


2007 Symposia Series on Systems Science and Health.  The symposia series is aimed at introducing systems science to behavioral and social scientists for applications in health.  The 2007 Symposia Series on System Science and Health was sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other components of NIH. Click here to learn more.