Research-based activities are those prevention related activities for which scientifically-based research has provided some evidence to indicate that the activity will contribute to reducing violence and illegal drug use.
Recipients of Title IV, Part A - Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) or Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) entitlement funding must implement programs in accordance with the Principles of Effectivenes (POE). For a program or activity to meet the POE, such program or activity shall be based on scientifically-based research that provides evidence that the program to be used will reduce violence and illegal drug use (20 USC, Section 7115 [C]).
Scientifically-Based Research Definition
The definition for “scientifically-based research” is found in the No Child Left Behind Act (20 USC, Section 9101).
Research-Based Activity List
Research-based prevention activities that have been shown to be an essential component of comprehensive efforts to prevent youth drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior. The Local Education Agency Plan requires SDFSC and TUPE grantees to implement at least one of the research-based activities.
Criteria for Identifying Research-Based Activities
Research-based activities were those prevention activities and strategies described in the summaries of published research found in the CDE’s Getting Results publications.
Getting Results: Developing Safe and Healthy Kids
This collection of documents is designed to help California school districts use research-based strategies in designing and implementing their alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs, as well as their youth violence prevention programs.