Benefits to Your Fellow Practitioners

Although going through the evaluation process can be time consuming and require substantial resources, the benefits of doing so are great. Some of these are described below:

  • Accessible Knowledge About Your (Effective) Program. Developing a program, then testing and evaluating that program, is not an easy or quick task. The developers NREPP has interviewed say a great deal of passion, curiosity, patience, and personal commitment is needed to get from the beginning of an idea to an evidence base that supports the effectiveness of a program. Including that program in a registry such as NREPP allows a broad set of prospective stakeholders to learn about your program—about how you were able to effectively address a problem or gap that interested you. This exposure can benefit you and your organization, as well as the broader community.

  • Greater Certainty About Affecting Outcomes. The evidence base for your program contributes to the larger evidence base on how effective programs may be in addressing substance use and mental health issues. The evidence base may indicate that larger impacts on a particular outcome are more possible than previously thought, or perhaps confirm the general range of change possible through interventions.

  • Adding to the incremental evidence about the type of program you developed and its impacts on various outcomes helps advance knowledge overall.

  • Increased Availability of Descriptive Materials. Individuals or communities looking for programs to implement may find tremendous value in the descriptive materials you have produced to implement your program. When your program is included on NREPP, the materials you’ve developed for implementation and dissemination will be more readily available to the public.

  • Greater Ease in Meeting Funding Requirements. Many funders want applicants to select programs for implementation that have some evidence of effectiveness. By submitting your program to the NREPP registry, you expand the selection of evidence-based programs that can be easily identified and implemented.

  • Availability of Culturally Appropriate Programs. NREPP’s registry seeks a wide variety of programs that have been implemented for a wide variety of populations. By contributing to this pool of evidence-based programs, you increase the chance that others can find a program that fits their needs, their target population, and their target outcomes.

  • Adapting a Homegrown Program. Many communities have programs that are well established, and although program leaders may be interested in improving outcomes for their populations, they may not be able to implement new programs. By comparing the components of their untested program with the components of evidence-based programs, they may be able to identify those elements that can be adapted or adopted into their own programs to help make their “homegrown” program evidence-informed.

Last Updated: 05/31/2017