​​​​Where is the evidence?

A number of credible program review sites outline the evidence for programs related to countering bullying.

KidsMatter and MindMatters are Australian sites, while CASEL and Blueprints are from the US, but include some programs and approaches that can be used in Australian schools.

The reviews on these sites have been conducted by experts in the field according to specified criteria. See each site for the criteria. Schools will need to consider programs for suitability for their context. Programs have not been reviewed by Bullying. No Way!

(Please note, the review sites do not contain all published programs and approaches, so there is no single source of information in Australia on all evidence-based programs.)

KidsMatter (Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative) includes reviews of 27 programs for primary school students related to bullying. Of these, the programs found to have strong research evidence are:

  • Friendly Schools Plus
  • The P.E.A.C.E Pack – A program for reducing bullying in schools
  • Second Step
  • Secret Agency Society.

MindMatters (Mental Health Initiative for Secondary Schools) includes reviews of 25 programs for secondary school students related to bullying. Of these, the programs found to have strong research evidence are:

  • Aussie Optimism: Optimistic Thinking Skills Program
  • DRUMBEAT – Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts
  • Friendly Schools Plus
  • My FRIENDS Youth – Skills for Life
  • Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T)
  • Resourceful Adolescent Program for Adolescents (RAP-A)
  • Skillstreaming the Adolescent
  • Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program
  • The P.E.A.C.E Pack – A program for reducing bullying in schools.

The CASEL Guide for Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs (US Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). Choose the age range relevant to your school. Only programs  with a strong evidence base are included in the Guide.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (US Center for the Study​ and Prevention of Violence). Blueprints Programs have reviewed a wide range of programs, some of which are specific to countering bullying. All programs on this site have a strong evidence base.

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