Evidence - Based Prevention Interventions and Policies:

New Tools for Prevention Professionals 

This course features one of the major outcomes from more than 30 years of prevention science--Evidence-based Prevention Interventions and Policies—New tools for prevention professionals.  The term “evidence-based” has long been applied in the medical field and now is a focus for substance use prevention.  In this course we will discuss the definition of ‘evidence-based,’ the criteria for determining whether a prevention approach is considered ‘evidence-based’, and how these new tools for the prevention toolbox have been shown to be the most effective for use in our communities. 

Most of this work began with an international group of prevention researchers and practitioners, convened by the staff of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The group summarized a review of the research literature found to meet rigorous criteria for being ‘evidence-based,’ which were published in the International Standards for Drug Use Prevention, in 2013 and updated in 2018.  Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) was part of that group and using the Standards as a base, coordinated the development of the APSI-Universal Prevention Curriculum series to capture the application of evidence-based prevention to the “real-world” of prevention practice.  This course is a three-hour glimpse into the foundations of what we have learned from prevention science.


The key learning objectives are:

  • Describe how prevention operates within a developmental and socialization framework across the lifespan, preparing for life transitions

  • Understand the criteria used to determine evidence-based interventions and policies

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of delivering evidence-based prevention interventions and policies

  • With knowledge of the evidence-based strategies and interventions targeted for different age groups, analyze which of these would best apply to your work and community

Duration: 3 hours 

Methodology: Moderated with live interaction, discussion and real-time exercises 

Cost: US$ 69

Capacity: 30 participants