Community-Sourced Intervention Programs: Review of Submissions in Response to a Statewide Call for “Promising Practices”

  • Aaron R. Lyon
  • Michael D. Pullmann
  • Sarah Cusworth Walker
  • Gabrielle D’Angelo
Original Paper


This study was initiated to add to the nascent literature on locally-grown intervention programs in the youth mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice service sectors, many of which demonstrate practice-based or community-defined evidence, but may not have been subjected to empirical evaluation. Characteristics of applications submitted in response to three public calls for additions to an inventory of research-supported intervention programs were reviewed on evidence for effectiveness, the use of key quality assurance (QA) elements (e.g., clearly specified training or integrity monitoring procedures), and cultural specificity. Findings indicate that four QA processes were identified in approximately half of all submissions: a specific initial training process, the existence of intervention integrity measures, routine outcome monitoring, and ongoing support post-training. An initial training process and integrity measurement were more commonly described among programs determined to have greater research evidence for their effectiveness. Overall, cultural elements were described relatively infrequently and most often reflected surface-level program delivery characteristics (e.g., offering services in languages other than English). Discussion is focused on the alignment of submitted programs with the larger literatures focused on implementation science and cultural competence.


Evidence-based practice Policy Implementation science Quality assurance Culture 



This publication was made possible in part by funding from Grant number K08 MH095939, awarded to the first author from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Lyon is an investigator with the Implementation Research Institute (IRI), at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis; through an award from the National Institute of Mental Health (R25 MH080916) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research & Development Service, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron R. Lyon
    • 1
  • Michael D. Pullmann
    • 1
  • Sarah Cusworth Walker
    • 1
  • Gabrielle D’Angelo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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