About What Works (LINKS)

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Child Trends’ What Works/LINKS database (LINKS stands for Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) is a searchable register of over 650 programs that have had at least one randomized, intent-to-treat evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health. Program eligibility was not dependent on whether significant program impacts were found.

Search the database by typing keywords into the “Search LINKS” field below or by clicking on specific options related to program population, outcome, or approach. For an alphabetical list of all programs, click “View All Programs.” Learn about the structure of our program descriptions, about our eligibility criteria, and about the definitions and methodology we use, or go to our program submission form to submit a study for review. To obtain information on program effectiveness, see our LINKS syntheses and LINKS Effect Size Charts.

Because we recently moved to a new website, previous links to Child Trends documents might no longer be valid. If you click on an link that does not work, please search for the document using the search field below. For further assistance, contact staff@childtrends.org.

Select Programs by Specific Criteria

Target Population

Age Group

Grade

Gender

Other Population

Race/Ethnicity

Location

Program Characteristics

Program Setting

Implementation Information

Program Type

Outcome

Mental Health

Education

Self-Sufficiency

Physical Health

Civic Engagement

Safety

Social/Emotional Health

Substance Use

Relationships

Reproductive Health

Behavioral Problems