MBF Child Safety Matters® is an evidence-based* curriculum for elementary school students in grades K-5 that is grounded in research, aligned with educational standards, and utilizes best practices in prevention program implementation. Other MBF Prevention Education Programs are evidence-informed programs, developed based on the same theoretical knowledge and research best-practices.

Two independent research studies have examined the effectiveness of the program with positive results for both student knowledge gains and facilitator implementation fidelity.

2015 Program Evaluation

  • Ithel Jones, Ph.D.
    School of Teacher Education
    Florida State University

Evaluation Summary Evaluation Full Report

2016-2018 Randomized Controlled Trial Study

  • David Finkelhor, PhD
    Crimes against Children Research Center, Family Research
    Laboratory, and Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • Melissa A. Bright, PhD
    Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies
    University of Florida
  • Mona Sayedul Huq, PhD
    Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies
    University of Florida
  • M. David Miller, PhD
    School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
    University of Florida

Study Summary Study Full Report

*MBF is committed to ongoing research to ensure the efficacy of our programs and strives to be transparent in our explanations of MBF programs’ efficacy or evidence base. While many organizations and programs claim they are “evidence-based,” there is no one set of guidelines or criteria that must be met to make this claim. Program users are encouraged to research programs’ claims of evidence and assess their accuracy using a variety of published resources.

Please see the table below for a listing of agencies that describe and/or evaluate evidence, the level of criteria met by MBF Child Safety Matters, and a link to the website or document referenced.


Agency/Publication Program Alignment to Rating Criteria Link to Website or Document
U.S. Department of Education: Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments Strong Evidence
U.S. Centers for Disease Control: Understanding Evidence Well supported
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse: Overview of the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale Promising Research Evidence+
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development: Program Overview Promising Program
+UNH/UF RCT Study – 6-month post-treatment assessment will be completed in Fall 2018. (With positive results, the rating will be updated to Supported by Research Evidence.)




MBF Prevention Education Programs were developed using the public health and social-ecological frameworks for prevention. The programs were developed based on the latest research and prevention best practices. These include developmental victimology and polyvictimization research, cognitive-behavioral theory, healthy sexual development, and trauma-informed care practices, with a specific focus on the developmental stages and different learning styles of children. The lessons are presented in a fun and engaging way that increases knowledge, builds preventative as well as resistance skills, engages safe adults, and addresses risk and protective factors. Learning objectives and evaluation standards are included, as well as alignment with academic learning standards.

Below you will find the Theoretical Framework and Academic Alignment Safety Briefs for our classroom-based programs. National documents list program alignment with Common Core Standards, while Florida documents list alignment with Florida Education Standards.


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Please see these additional documents for more information on prevention education research and program best practices:

icon-downloadSafety Brief: Victimization, Prevention, & Academic Achievement

Research related to traumatized children and academic achievement.


icon-downloadDownload Guidelines for Child Safety Programs

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Guide for choosing a community-based safety program.


icon-downloadSafety Brief: Program Comparison

A program comparison checklist based on the NCMEC guidelines above.