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The TFCO model was established by Patricia Chamberlain and colleagues in 1983. TFCO is:

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To facilitate adherence to the treatment model, TFC Consultants, Inc., works with communities to identify issues that are likely to affect their ability to successfully implement the TFCO model.

The implementation process includes:

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TFC is committed to keeping sites, prospective sites, and the general public aware of the most current information regarding TFCO and supporting current implementation efforts.

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                 EPIC_effective_practice_web(EPIC) is an evidence-based online platform which was launched in 2013.  EPIC aims to provide information about policies, programmes or practices that can help children and their families meet the challenges that exist in the current economic climate in Europe. 


Overview: The “Moving the Needle” Initiative


A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.
Fortunately, there are some social interventions that have been rigorously shown to improve important life outcomes. While relatively few in number, their strong evidence of sizable effects suggests that, if expanded, they offer a path to meaningful progress that spending-as-usual cannot.
LJAF’s Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:

  1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes (see the Request for Proposals for the list of eligible interventions); 
  2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and 

  3.  Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

In last year’s funding cycle, LJAF made grants totaling $6.8 million under this initiative and funded all submissions that met the criteria in the Request for Proposals.


Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle” on major social problems