A team of researchers at Dalhousie University reviewed the effectiveness of seven popular bullying prevention programs by delivering the strategies as a toolkit to school boards across Canada. From the analysis, WITS (walk away, ignore, talk it out, and seek help) was recommended for having the best effects at a lower cost, and also demonstrating long-term benefits. In comparison to WITS, the other six programs showed a costly training process and time-consuming curriculum, with very small effects.
The WITS Programs were developed by the Rock Solid Foundation, with the leadership of Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, a PREVNet researcher and professor of psychology at the University of Victoria. WITS has since been used in over 600 schools in Canada and the United States.
For more information on the WITS Programs, Dalhousie University's press release of the analysis, and coverage in other media: