Last week, the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference took place in San Antonio, TX. The 3-day conference at the Marriott Rivercenter celebrated the importance of evidence-based programs. The name of the conference will focus “on a broader set of outcomes which will include behavior, education, emotional well-being, physical health, and positive relationships.”
Del Elliott, an evidence-based program advocate and pioneer, says that future Blueprints conferences will involve a broader approach and be more international. The Blueprints Conference came about after the 1999 shooting that took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
In becoming more international as Elliott suggested, the Blueprints Conference will be collaborating with the Social Research Unit in Dartington in the UK. Blueprints will also open an office in London in order to reach other European countries.
The standard of evidence will also be set to a higher standard, and better examine evidence-based programs if they meet “system ready” standards or practice. The Blueprints website will also be updated and easier to navigate by October 2012.
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