Assessment is the first step in the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).
As your community coalition is getting started or re-energizing, you may be thinking, “who is missing from the table?” or “who do we need to invite the next time we meet”?
Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Step 1, Assessment, involves conducting a needs assessment to identify a) the nature and extent of substance use problems and related behaviors in the community (what you will prioritize; b) the risk and protective factors that influence or contribute to these substance use problems and related behavior (which may be different from community to community); and c) the existing resources and readiness of the community to address its substance use problems (where you are focusing your prevention efforts).
Evaluation of CQI Traning
Effective program evaluation is a systematic way to improve and account for public health actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical, and accurate. The framework guides public health professionals in their use of program evaluation. It is a practical, nonprescriptive tool, designed to summarize and organize essential elements of program evaluation.