The Allocation of Blueprints Programs to Pennsylvania Counties Using the Analytical Hierarchy Process

Open Access
Ulan, Lisa Marie
Graduate Program:
Industrial Engineering
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
Committee Members:
  • Vittaldas V Prabhu, Thesis Advisor
  • Analytical Hierarchy Process
  • Blueprints Programs
  • Pennsylvania Youth Survey
Extensive research has been done on how to assess community needs in terms of delinquency and problem behaviors as well as what programs help youth; but little research has been done regarding the link between community needs and program allocation. While many programs are assigned to communities to help suspected needs, a systematic method of assigning these programs is lacking in research. This research uses the Analytical Hierarchy Process, a systematic method of assigning weights to program options, to link community needs (as assessed by the Pennsylvania Youth Survey) to Blueprints programs which are research-based programs to help youth. Five Pennsylvania counties (Crawford, Elk, Greene, Mercer, and Washington) are analyzed in this research, and their needs are assessed in terms of deviations to the Pennsylvania averages for 34 risk and protective factors. Ten effective Blueprints programs (Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Functional Family Therapy, Incredible Years, LifeSkills Training, Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care, Multisystemic Therapy, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Project Towards No Drug Abuse, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies, and Strengthening Families 10-14) are analyzed as to how they meet the 34 risk and protective factors, and through the use of the Analytical Hierarchy Process, each program elicits a weight as to how it meets a county’s needs in relation to the other programs. Based on the weights that were determined, the best program to help the needs of Crawford, Elk, Mercer, and Washington counties would be Project Towards No Drug Abuse, and the best program to help the needs of Greene county would be Multisystemic Therapy.