• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 29th May, 2014

Blueprints emerge from Columbine wreckage

Crisis can become a catalyst for considered change. That has been the experience of Del Elliott, editor and founder of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development.On Tuesday 20th April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into their school in Columbine, Colorado, and killed 12 of their fellow students and one teacher. Another 24 were injured. Harris and Klebold then committed suicide.The massac…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 29th May, 2014

A safe landing on the other side of the Atlantic

Multisystemic Therapy is a Rolls Royce of evidence-based programmes. It features on most lists of 'what works', including the highly regarded Blueprintsfor Healthy Youth Development list.Despite this prestigious position, there has been a question on the lips of service providers in the UK. The results of tests of the programme in other countries have not been conclusive: it might work in the US b…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 29th May, 2014

The proof of the pudding is in the pudding

A good cookbook not only lists ingredients and quantities but also goes into the detail of when to add them and describes minutely how they should be combined.Why? Simply because it makes a difference to the outcome; in the case of good eating, to the taste and texture of the meal. Much the same goes for evidence-based programmes: the detail of the implementation matters.The reasons why programmes…

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