START received a “Promising” rating from the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse in December 2020. The Clearinghouse sets the national standards for evidence on program effectiveness under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The Promising rating means that START meets the criteria of at least one study that achieved moderate or high ratings on the research design and execution, and that it demonstrates favorable effects on child abuse or neglect outcomes. START is rated as an Evidence-Based Program under two service areas, Substance Abuse and In-home Parent Skills-based Programs and Services.
START received a “Promising” rating from the California Evidenced Based Clearinghouse in February 2016. The mission of the CEBC is to advance the implementation of evidence-base practices in child welfare. START is rated as an evidence-based practice under the topic area, Family Stabilization Programs with a “High” child welfare relevance.