Society for Prevention Research is committed to the advancement of science-based
prevention programs and policies through empirical research. Increasingly, decision-makers
and prevention service providers seek tested and efficacious or effective programs
and policies for possible implementation. However, until now, somewhat different
standards have been used by different organizations seeking to identify and list
programs and polisies that have been tested and shown to be efficacious or effective.
As part of SPR's strategic plan, in 2003, the SPR Board of Directors appointed
a committee of prevention scientists, chaired by Brian Flay, to determine the
requisite criteria that must be met for preventive interventions to be judged
tested and efficacious or tested and effective. The Standards of Evidence developed
by this committee have been unanimously adopted by the Board of Directors of SPR
on April 12, 2004, as the standards which SPR asserts should be met if a program
or policy is to be called tested and efficacious or tested and effective.
of Evidence: Criteria for Efficacy, Effectiveness and Dissemination'
here for full document).