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Evaluation Prevention:

Prevention Resources

Resource List for Evidence about Prevention Laws

MN Law Library, 2013 — A list of resources about different alcohol prevention laws (including social host ordinances, alcohol server training and minimum age laws, compliance checks, happy hour laws, and liquor licensing), their implementation, and their effectiveness.

Identifying and selecting evidence-based interventions

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2009 — Guide directed toward prevention planners to help them select and implement evidence-based interventions successfully. The guide lays out an analytic process with a few key concepts to apply in selecting interventions that are conceptually and practically fitting and effective.

Catalyst: Evaluation for prevention programs

U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, 2008 — This newsletter includes a cover story on evaluating prevention programs and an article on evaluation on a limited budget.

Evaluation primer: Setting the context for a community anti-drug coalition evaluation

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, 2008 — Provides the basic tools to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan and create and implement a local evaluation.

Evaluation toolkit for smoke-free policies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008 — Toolkit designed to help community tobacco control programs and coalitions assess the impact of local smoke-free laws.

Introduction to process evaluation in tobacco use prevention and control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008 — Guide to help design and implement valid, reliable process evaluations for tobacco use prevention and control programs. The report defines process evaluation and describes the rationale, benefits, key data collection components, and program evaluation management procedures. It also discusses how process evaluation links with outcome evaluation and fits within an overall approach to evaluating comprehensive tobacco control programs.

Where to find information on evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs) in working with youth

Wilder Research, 2008 — Annotated list of publications and Internet sites that describe evidence-based programs and practices that have demonstrated their effectiveness in addressing the problems of juvenile delinquency, gang activity, or youth violence.

Documenting outcomes in tobacco control programs

Cooperative Extension of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, 2005 — Guide for tobacco-free coalitions to measure the outcomes of their work. Provides practical procedures and tools based on best practices in community-based tobacco control. In addition to an overview of evaluation, the guide includes logic models, data collection plans, and case studies on smoke-free environments, reducing and preventing youth tobacco use, and treating tobacco addiction.

Key outcome indicators for evaluating comprehensive tobacco control programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005 — Provides information on 120 key outcome indicators for evaluation of statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. Each indicator is accompanied by a definition, example data sources and measures, and expert panel ratings.

CSAP Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 101

SAMHSA CSAP, 2003 — This e-learning tutorial will help you understand what program evaluation is, why it is important, and how to find a good evaluator. The modules discuss types of evaluation projects, evaluation tasks, and preparation for conducting evaluations.

CSAP Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 102

SAMHSA CSAP, 2003 — This e-learning tutorial will introduce statistical concepts and explain how evaluation results are used. Good evaluations are essential to effective programs and the future of your prevention program. The tutorial also describes special challenges in evaluating prevention programs.

Reducing alcohol problems on campus: A Guide to planning and evaluation

Task Force on College Drinking, 2002 — Presents a five-step process for implementation of effective prevention planning and evaluation with the goal of maximizing the impact of prevention strategies and measuring impact.

Engaging stakeholders

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001 — This chapter from the Introduction to Program Evaluation for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs identifies potential stakeholders specific to tobacco use prevention and control and discusses the role of stakeholders in an evaluation.

Introduction to program evaluation for comprehensive tobacco control programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001 — This guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities includes information on planning, engaging stakeholders, evaluation design, and using findings.

Evaluation: A key tool for improving drug prevention

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2000 — Essays on evaluation to improve drug prevention practice in the European Union. While focused on the EU, this publication includes a variety of tools, techniques and recommendations to improve drug prevention programs and assess needs, processes and outcomes.

Selecting the right tool: A Compendium of alcohol and other drug assessment and evaluation instruments

U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, 1998 — Covers the important issues to consider when selecting data collection instruments and the leading instruments used in the postsecondary prevention field. More than 20 instrument samples are included.

Understanding evaluation: The Way to better prevention programs

Westat, Inc., 1993 — Describes the "how and why" of program evaluation and outlines the steps involved, working from the premise that many useful evaluations can be conducted by program staff who may not have formal training in evaluation.

Prevention plus III: Assessing alcohol and other drug prevention programs at the school and community level: A Four-step guide to useful program assessment

Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, 1991 — Describes a step-by-step approach to assessing alcohol and other drug prevention programs. Includes examples, worksheets, and explanation of concepts.

SAMHSA’s National Outcome Measures, from SAMHSA’s Measures & Instruments Resource

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, No Date — List of measures and instruments related to substance abuse prevention, including a profile that describes target population, reliability, validity and measure questions.

SAMHSA’s National registry of evidence-based programs and practices (NREPP)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), No Date — Searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

Substance Use in Minnesota website

Minnesota Department of Human Services, No Date — This website was developed to provide a one-stop-shop of useful data, reading material, and community resources related to substance use and consequences in Minnesota.