Evidence-based tools for prevention and education

The Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) is now part of Mentor UK's Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS). Mentor UK will be managing and further developing the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) to ensure existing evidence-based and effective preventative programmes reach the mainstream educational settings. CAYT is a repository of evidence-based information and quality-assured studies that assess the impact of programmes centred on the transitions made by young people.

This repository is important for:

  • Experts and commissioners - including those commissioning services or programmes for young people - willing to obtain evidence of what really works to improve outcomes. The repository is open access. To find an assessment of the impact and quality of a particular study go to CAYT Repository or search from the Publications section of the website.

  • Those who deliver or evaluate services or programmes for young people who want to have their evaluation studies assessed for impact and quality and then deposited in the repository so that users can find out whether their service has genuine impact. If you would like to have your evaluation study assessed for impact and quality, and then added to the repository, please click here.

As the transitionary period between childhood and adulthood has grown, youth engagement in a range of positive and negative risky behaviours has increased and the education and labour market options faced by young people have changed dramatically. The work of organisations which focuses on harm prevention and early support, is becoming increasingly critical, as is the further development and application of programmes supported by robust evidence. Alcohol and drug use is only one among the many risks that young people may encounter as they grow up, and it is often related to other social, personal and cultural risk factors. Mentor-ADEPIS, through CAYT expertise will promote best practice aimed at reducing risky behaviours, increasing protective factors, building resilience, and promoting positive social norms.