Learn how criteria were developed for finding appropriate EBP sites through a thorough search and selection process.
To ensure that the methods of identifying potential websites to be included in this guide were comprehensive and transparent, the following steps were taken:
- Searches were conducted on popular search engines using a standard list of search terms. Download a complete list of available search terms (PDF | 13 KB).
- Each of the first 100 sites returned using these terms were examined for their relevance.
- Each relevant site’s outgoing links were followed for additional pertinent websites that may not have been returned in search results.
Links to additional websites were solicited from SAMHSA staff and through professional listservs.
Criteria for Websites
Identified sites were compared using the following criteria:
- Sites should provide information about specific effective interventions.
- Sites should identify multiple EBPs.
- All primary links should be functional.
- Information about interventions should not be exclusively in PDF form.
- Sites should not charge fees for use.
Sites which did not meet all of the criteria were excluded. Users should note that while all primary links on the featured websites were functional during the final review of the Web Guide, this does not guarantee that all links are currently active, as changes may have been made by the maintaining or hosting organizations.
- The site descriptions in this Web Guide are organized into two main categories: Behavioral Health Area and Intended Age Group. These categories provide a clear and simple way to search for information by topic or audience.
- Site descriptions are presented alphabetically by the name of the organization(s) responsible for maintaining the site.
- Each website entry contains the following information:
- Organization(s) name who sponsors the initiative or maintains the website
- Web address for the organization or highlighted EBP
- A statement of the site’s purpose and intended audience(s) taken from the site’s text
- Bulleted text points to provide more in-depth information about the features of each website.
- Features that may be listed as bulleted points are:
- Definitions of EBPs: Provides a specific definition of EBPs and/or evidentiary standards
- Specific audience: Lists stakeholders the site has been designed to help as noted in site text
- Descriptions of interventions: Explains the details of listed EBPs
- Transparent reviews: Outlines sources of evidence and ensures review processes are clearly documented
- Evidentiary standards met: Outlines standards of evidence listed EBPs have been measured against
- Intervention implementation: Provides information on organizational, infrastructural, and other resources needed to properly implement listed EBPs