History of Evidence-Based Prevention & Intervention Support (EPIS)

EPIS was founded in 2008 by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Originally charged with supporting a menu of evidenced-based programs (EBPs), the work expanded to included Communities that Care in 2010, The  Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol as part of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice Enhancement Strategy in 2013, and the Department of Drug and Alcohol’s Community Needs Assessment Project in 2017.   

EPIS Timeline:


  • Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) Partner
  • Evaluation of Communities That Care (CTC)
  • Inform Policy
  • Violence Prevention Program Funding (VPP)


  • Evidence-Based Research (EBR)
    • Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)
    • Sustaining EBPs
    • Models for D&I of EBPs


  • Barriers to effectively scaling EBPs
  • Sufficient fidelity
  • High-quality


  • Minimal technical assistance (TA) to providers and schools implementing EBPs
  • Initial run of TA support


  • Scale menu of EBPs
  • >200 replications
  • Outcome evaluation
  • Cost-benefit analysis


  • Policy Report
    • Program impact
    • Return on Investment (ROI)


  • Evidence-Based Prevention & Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) created
  • Broaden initiatives


  • Gaps analysis
  • Added EBPs to models supported
  • Address EBP scale-up needs
  • Move towards TA efficiency


  • Refining logic model
  • Develop TA process model
  • Training Institute established
  • Evaluating TA