FAST® has been evaluated by the most prominent reviewers of family engagement programs, and has earned inclusion in a number of widely referenced evidence-based lists.

Additionally, FAST appears on numerous evidence-based lists compiled by the U.S. government and state-level governments as an effective intervention for:

  • child abuse and neglect prevention
  • child mental health promotion
  • substance abuse prevention
  • crime solutions
  • health promotion
  • school safety
  • school dropout prevention


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). FAST was first recognized in 2002 as a SAMHSA model program with numerous positive outcomes replicated in a variety of program outcomes.


SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). FAST was listed on this searchable database of mental health and substance abuse interventions, having met NREPP’s review standards as well as its requirements for independent assessment. In NREPP Quality of Research reviews conducted in 2008 and 2013, FAST received a rating of 3.7 out of a possible 4.0 – one of the highest ratings earned among family strengthening programs. FAST’s Readiness for Dissemination rating, which assessed the availability of implementation materials, training and support resources, and quality assurance procedures, was 4.0 out of a possible 4.0.


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes. FAST is one of just 23 evidence-based family skills training programs in the world selected by the UNODC on the basis of scientific evidence. More than 150 programs were screened by the UNODC to identify the 23 programs selected. Download UNODC’s Compilation of Evidence-Based Intervention Family Skills Training Programmes here.


National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. FAST is deemed as having strong evidence as an effective intervention and prevention strategy that reduces substance abuse, special education referrals and dropout rates as well as decreases the likelihood of child abuse/neglect. View the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s review of FAST here.


National Institute of Justice. FAST receives an evidence rating of effective after two studies found participants to have fewer behavior problems, higher academic performance, improved family functioning, and lower special education placement. FAST is noted as addressing problems that, in turn, promote school safety and violence reduction. View the National Institute of Justice/’s review of FAST here.


Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services. FAST is named a Promising Practices Program due to its recommendation as “successful” by other institutions, foundation of current research principles related to refugee and immigrant children and youth, and results-oriented approach. View the Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services Promising Practices Program review here.


WHAT WORKS, WISCONSIN. FAST is recognized for its ability to “strengthen families, prevent youth and family problems, and promote family and child well-being” through its focus on parent education and parent training.  Download the Evidence Based Parenting Programs Directory here.


U.S. Department of Justice & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. FAST is included in a compilation of “findings and evidence from federal reviews of research studies and program evaluations to help localities address childhood exposure to violence and improve outcomes or children, families, and communities.” Download the Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection from Federal Databases here.


To learn more about how the evidence-based FAST Program can improve the well-being of children and families in your community, call toll-free 888-629-2481 or send us an email.