The Research-Based Curricula and Programs Matrix is a database of evidence-based alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) and violence prevention programs which can be searched by title, keyword, target population, category (i.e., problem/issue addressed), and availability in New Jersey. This database includes programs found on the evidence-based program lists of four nationally recognized organizations that identify research-based curricula and programs. The matrix is provided as a tool to help LEAs fulfill the “Principles of Effectiveness” requirement for programs funded under Title IV-A (the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act) of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. 

Each program in the matrix is identified by two letters, in parentheses, that indicates which organization’s publication identifies the curriculum or program as “research-based.” The two letter abbreviations also can be found in the “Comments” section within each program description in the searchable matrix to show which organization has listed the program. Be advised that this matrix is periodically updated as each agency updates its list. 

The web links to the program lists of the four organizations are provided below:

Blueprints for Violence Prevention Program Matrix (BL)

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs Guide (OJ)

The United States Department of Education's Exemplary and Promising Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools Programs 2001 (USDOE) (US)

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) (NR)


The following information is provided for each of the programs listed in the matrix:

  1. Target Population - The population that the program was proven to successfully affect.
  2. Categories - Eight categories of program content that have been created to help LEAs quickly locate the content areas of programs that match the priority problem(s) selected by the LEA in the Needs Assessment portion of the NCLB Application, under the "Student Behavior, Risk Factors, and Safety Issues" tab.
  3. Special Features - Information on particular audiences or specific program focus.
  4. Contact Information –Contact information that is available for program developers or managers.
  5. Comments - The organizations which have evaluated the programs and determined that they meet their criteria for "research-based" programs.
  6. Availability – Whether or not the program is available in New Jersey.

Additional information on the NCLB grant application, including Title IV-A, may be found in the NCLB Reference Manual at:


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