The influence of evidence-based program registry websites for dissemination of evidence-based interventions in behavioral healthcare

Stephen Magura, Miranda J. Lee-Easton, Ruqayyah N. Abu-Obaid, John Landsverk, Whitney DeCamp, Jennifer Rolls-Reutz, Kristin Moore, Regina Firpo-Triplett, Pamela R. Buckley, Ellyson R. Stout, Daniel F. Perkins

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Purpose: Evidence-based program registries (EBPRs) are web-based databases of evaluation studies that summarize the available evidence for the effectiveness of behavioral healthcare programs, including programs addressing substance misuse, mental health, child welfare, or offender rehabilitation. The study determined the extent to which visitors to selected EBPRs accomplished the objectives of their visits and how often those visits resulted in the adoption of new or improved evidence-based interventions (EBIs). Method: A follow-up telephone survey was conducted with 216 visitors to a convenience sample of six EBPRs an average of six months after the visitors’ incident visit to the EBPR. Results: The most frequent objective was to identify evidence-based programs/services, curricula or assessments, followed by finding resources to implement or improve the preceding and writing a grant proposal including to comply with funding requirements; 71% of such objectives were achieved across the full set of objectives. Implementation of an EBI was completely achieved for 31% of relevant objectives and some progress on EBI implementation occurred for 19% of relevant objectives. Conclusions: This is the first study to document the usage of EBPRs as a modality to increase the utilization of EBIs in the actual practice of behavioral healthcare. The results support the continued use of web-based EBPRs for disseminating information on evidence-based interventions for behavioral healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102214
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Apr 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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