Positive Action


Categories associated with best practice:

  • Health Equity
  • Individual
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  • Early Childhood (ages 3-5) icon
  • Children (ages 6-12) icon
  • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
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  • Health Literacy
  • Healthy Eating
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  • Oral Health
  • Physical Activity
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Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions.

Primary Source Document

Lewis, K., Schure, M., Bavarian, N., DuBois, D., Day, J., Ji, P., Silverthorn, N., Acock, A., Vuchinich, S., Flay, B. , Problem Behaviour and Urban, Low-Income Youth A Randomized Controlled Trial of Positive Action in Chicago American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Dr. Allred is the developer. No contact information is available for her but to contact the Positive Action team one can use: Positive Action, Inc. 264 4th Ave South Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 (208) 733-1328 (800) 345-2974 (U.S. Toll-Free) (208) 733-1590 info@positiveaction.net

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
Substance Use
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Réduire les agressions, l’intimidation, les comportements nuisibles et violents.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Decrease aggression, bullying, disruptive and violent behaviours.
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Healthy Eating
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Heathy Literacy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Obesity Prevention

Risk Reduction

  • Prevent/reduce alcohol use/abuse
  • Prevent/reduce tobacco use
  • Prevent/reduce illegal drug use/abuse
  • Prevent violence

Specific Activities of the Intervention

  • Curriculum changes in school
  • Educational health information offered
  • Training offered to deliver the intervention
  • Provision of planning tools and evaluation tools

Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

Life Stage

  • Early childhood (age 3-5 years)
  • Children (age 6-12 years)
  • Youth (age 13-18 years)


Educational Settings

  • Secondary/Middle school
  • Before/after school childcare (ages 5-12)
  • Elementary school

Community Setting

  • Home


Outcomes and Impact Chart
Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
Individual LevelReports on normative beliefs in support of aggression, and bullying, disruptive and violent behaviours; disciplinary referrals and suspensions.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.


Implementation History

  • Multiple implementations - Different settings/populations/providers - The intervention showed significant adaptability as it has been implemented in different settings or with different populations or by different provider(s). This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

  • Specialized skills training provided as part of the Intervention - The intervention does not require individuals or groups with highly specialized training, but requires that individuals or groups be trained as part of the implementation of the intervention.

Are there supports available for implementation

Yes. There is initial training and then possibilities of ongoing training and technical assistance either on-site, via webinar or through self-training workshop kits.

Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

Yes. There are several reinforcement items available to purchase: https://catalog.positiveaction.net/