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. View the model program packet here.

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/U.S. Department 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 and the Juvenile Justice Bulletin article here.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. FAST receives a scientific rating of Promising Research Evidence. The program also receives a child welfare relevance level of Medium, meaning FAST is commonly used to serve children, youth, young adults, and/or families who are similar to child welfare populations . View the CEBC review 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.

What Works for Health. FAST is included on a database of policies and programs recognized for improving health in Wisconsin. FAST receives the highest evidence rating and is recognized as having multiple beneficial outcomes including improved youth behavior, family functioning, school engagement and more. View the What Works for Health entry of FAST here. FAST is included on the Program Directory, which features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people. View the entry here.

University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual Country Health Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play, providing a starting point for change in communities. FAST is recognized as influencing the health factor of “education” and receives the highest evidence rating of “scientifically supported.” View the Country Health Rankings entry here.

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). FAST was linked to CSSP’s Strengthening Families Framework. Strengthening Families provides a cross-systems framework for family support and capacity building among the many systems and programs that serve children and families. View the article here.

Global Family Research Project. FAST was featured in a blog post published by the Global Family Research Project on February 25, 2021: “New Study Confirms Benefits of Connecting Parents with Each Other to Build Social Capital.” View the blog post here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FAST is included on the CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator database of interventions. View the review here.