Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center

Duration: 2008 - Present
Funding: COP: PCCD
Principal Investigator: Janet Welsh
Partners: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PSU), Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (COP), Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (COP)


The EPISCenter (Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center) was re-funded in 2018 to continue to promote the greater use of prevention and intervention programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the interest of positive outcomes for youth, families, and communities. This program is in its tenth year thanks to grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 The evidence-based programs supported under this initiative are recognized nationally as effective by federal and state agencies and prevention science organizations. Each has demonstrated evidence of positive outcomes that have been sustained over time. These effects have been found using scientifically rigorous evaluations, with findings replicated in multiple evaluations.

The EPISCenter, to support and advance the use of evidence-based programs:

  • Directs outreach and advocacy efforts to foster recognition, at federal, state, and community levels, of the value and impact of proven prevention and intervention programs
  • Provides technical assistance to communities to improve implementation quality, promote the collection and use of program impact data, and foster proactive planning for long-term program sustainability
  • Develops and provides educational opportunities and resources to disseminate current prevention science research and facilitate peer networking


Research Team