FAQs About the Best Practices Registry (BPR)

The Best Practices Registry was previously hosted by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. It no longer exists as a standalone resource, but is part of the Resources and Programs section of the new SPRC website.  

1. What was the Best Practices Registry?

The Best Practices Registry (BPR) was a section of the SPRC website that was maintained from 2007 to 2016. It served as a source of information on evidence-based programs; expert and consensus statements; and programs, practices, and policies addressing suicide prevention whose content had been reviewed according to specific standards.

The BPR comprised three sections:

  • Section I: Evidence-Based Programs
  • Section II: Expert and Consensus Statements
  • Section III: Adherence to Standards

Each section contained different types of practices that were reviewed according to criteria specific to each section. Programs were listed in either Section I or Section III.

    • Section I included programs that had been reviewed for evidence of effectiveness. That is, they had been evaluated and found to produce positive outcomes related to suicide prevention. These programs all came from one source: SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
    • Section III included programs and practices whose content had been reviewed for adherence to the following standards: accuracy, safety, likelihood of meeting objectives, and program design. Section III reviews did not examine evidence of effectiveness.

The BPR was not (nor was it intended to be) a comprehensive inventory of all suicide prevention programs.

2. Why did you consolidate the SPRC Library and Best Practices Registry (BPR) into the Resources and Programs listing?

Previously, SPRC.org users had to go to different places on the website to find various types of resources (e.g., programs, articles, audience-specific resources). The consolidated structure improves usability by providing "one-stop shopping" and an integrated search capability for all of SPRC's resources.

3. Are the old BPR listings still available on the SPRC website?

Yes, all of the programs, guidelines, and other resources previously listed in the BPR are included in Resources and Programs.

4. How can I find former BPR listings on the current SPRC website?

Click on Resources and Programs in the main navigation. Use the "Resource and Program Type" filter to select the type of program or resource you are looking for.

  • To find programs: To see all programs, select "Program/Practice" from the "Resource and Program Type" filter. Or, narrow the search by selecting a Program/Practice subtype (e.g., Education/Training program, Screening program, Information/Outreach program, Treatment/Services program, Environment/Systems program). Programs with evidence of effectiveness will display in the results with a /sites/default/files/ProgramEvidenceEffectiveness.png.
  • To view only programs with evidence of effectiveness: Check the box that says, "Display only programs with evidence of effectiveness." These are programs that have been evaluated and found to result in at least one positive outcome related to suicide prevention.
  • To find other resources formerly listed in the BPR: Select the appropriate resource type from the "Resource and Program Type" filter to find items such as guidelines, manuals, and booklets.

5. Does SPRC still review and list programs?

Prior to 2016, two different processes were used to add programs to the BPR:

  1. Programs reviewed by SAMHSA and included in its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) were added to Section I of the BPR (Evidence-Based Programs). These were all programs that were evaluated and found to produce at least one positive outcome related to suicide prevention.
  2. Other suicide prevention programs and practices reviewed by SPRC that were found to comply with 15 criteria (e.g., accuracy, likelihood of meeting objectives, and consistency with programmatic and messaging guidelines) were added to Section III (Adherence to Standards). The Section III review examined only program content, not whether or not there was evidence of effectiveness.

As of April 2016, SPRC no longer reviews and lists programs based on their adherence to standards (process #2 above). Instead SPRC is focused on expanding and enhancing information regarding programs that have been found to be effective in changing suicide-related outcomes (process #1 above). As of January 2018, SAMHSA has discontinued the NREPP program. SPRC will continue to identify programs with evidence of effectiveness from other sources (also see Question # 6 below).

Resources and Programs also provides resources about how to implement various types of programs and practices effectively.

6. What are SPRC's plans for expanding the number of evidence-based programs listed?

We will continue to add programs with evidence that are relevant to suicide prevention from sources such as registries of evidence-based programs, literature reviews, and meta-analyses, and we will add other Web content reflecting lessons learned from research.

7. Why did SPRC stop conducting content reviews?

The new Resources and Programs section reflects SPRC's and SAMHSA's focus on evidence-based prevention, so to that end, SPRC will concentrate on expanding the information and awareness of programs with greater empirical support and no longer be conducting content reviews of individual programs.

We recognize that this change in the content review process along with the transition from a dedicated program registry to a combined repository represent significant changes to identifying and sharing information about suicide prevention programs and resources. Both SAMHSA and SPRC arrived at this decision following careful consideration. We reviewed other registries and repositories. We paid close attention to the input and feedback from experts and stakeholders regarding the existing utility of the BPR, and we examined the opportunities to better leverage the advances in suicide prevention research and practice that have occurred since the BPR's launch. 

This new focus aligns with SPRC's increasingly strategic approach to promoting suicide prevention and its adoption of key principles and strategies of implementation science. In addition, we incorporated key input from experts in Web and instructional design. Most importantly, we have endeavored to move forward in a way that is most likely to advance the field over the next decade and beyond.

8. What other content on the site can help me to design and implement effective programs and practices?

The website as a whole was designed to promote a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and data-driven, research-informed strategic planning. However, the following are specific, relevant sections:

9. If my website used to link to the BPR, what link should I use now?

We recommend linking to Resources and Programs. If possible, you may also want to provide supplemental links to Effective Prevention, Finding Programs and Practices, and Evidence-Based Prevention.