MAMH believes strongly and advocates for the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs). We advocate for promising EBPs to be taken to scale and in some cases universally adopted. This page will highlight evidence based practices in Massachusetts.

Evidence Based Practices 

As defined by SAMHSA, evidence based practices are practices that fall into one or more of three categories:

1. The intervention is included in a federal registry of evidence-based interventions, such as the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) OR

2. The intervention produced positive effects on the primary targeted outcome, and these findings are reported in a peer-reviewed journal OR

3. The intervention has documented evidence of effectiveness, based on guidelines developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and/or the state, tribe, or jurisdiction in which the intervention took place. Documented evidence should be implemented under four recommended guidelines, all of which must be followed. These guidelines require interventions to be:

  • Based on a theory of change that is documented in a clear logic or conceptual mode AND
  • Similar in content and structure to interventions that appear in federal registries of evidence-based interventions and/or peer-reviewed journals AND
  • Supported by documentation showing it has been effectively implemented in the past, multiple times, and in a manner attentive to scientific standards of evidence. The intervention results should show a consistent pattern of credible and positive effects. AND
  • Reviewed and deemed appropriate by a panel of informed prevention experts that includes qualified prevention researchers experienced in evaluating prevention interventions similar to those under review; local prevention professionals; and key community leaders, as appropriate (for example, law enforcement officials, educators, or elders within indigenous cultures).