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.

How to collect qualitative data from focus groups and listening sessions.

CDC provides its funded programs with a wide range of evaluation resources and guides. State health departments, tribal organizations, communities, and partners working in a variety of public health areas may also find these tools helpful. The resources provide guidance on evaluation approaches and methods, relevant examples, and additional resources. The guides are intended to aid in skill building on a wide range of evaluation topics.

This handout provides tips on how to avoid common mistakes. To quote The United Nations Children’s Fund, Multiple-Indicatory Survey Handbook (2006): “These numbers, whether they are correct or not, will take on a life of their own once released…and may cause you a lot of trouble if you have not checked your arithmetic carefully.”

Fidelity of implementation refers to the degree to which teachers and other program providers implement programs as intended by the program developers. While there is agreement generally about what is intended when research refers to fidelity, in fact, fidelity has come to refer to a broad and loosely collected set of specific definitions.

This handout explains how to facilitate a focus group step by step.

Community research and evaluationsand information.

This workshop will focus on electronic means of data collection and coalition evaluation. It will feature the SAFE IMPACT project, where SAFE youth coalition members use geographic information systems (GIS), to map substance use prevention activities completed around their community in the SAFE IMPACT Map. The SAFE IMPACT Map helps SAFE in Northern Michigan monitor and evaluate youth programs.