Planning for the Implementation of Evidence - Based

Prevention Interventions 

The goal of substance use prevention is to reduce substance use throughout a population over time.  That is why the APSI-EC training supports the implementation of prevention interventions and policies that have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous studies.  In the long run implementation of these interventions and policies are the most cost effective.  But it is not sufficient to implement these interventions and policies once or twice, but to sustain them over time so that generation after generation receive the same prevention message.  We have learned from experiences world-wide, that substance use rates may go down but without continued prevention programming in place they will go up.


The Implementation Cycle presented here is a general model that consists of the most basic components of the process for the selection and implementation of one or more evidence-based substance use prevention interventions and policies.  Although the implementation models presented in the other tracks have the same basic components, how they are addressed will vary across the tracks depending on whether the prevention target is the family, the school, the workplace, the environment or the media. The structure of the setting for the intervention will shape the objectives and activities of the Implementation Cycle or process.

We present a tested planning approach to implementing evidence-based substance use prevention interventions and policies.  Following this planning cycle helps to maintain the quality of implementation over time. It also helps to maintain stakeholder involvement and documentation of the process and its outcomes that can be used to convince policy makers, community residents, and funders of the benefits of an evidence-based approach to prevention.

We have adapted this planning cycle from the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards to better reflect a general implementation framework.  We will be looking at the phases and the required steps in each phase, with the focus on the selection and quality implementation of the most appropriate evidence-based prevention intervention and policy for your community.


The key learning objectives are:

  • Review the Implementation Cycle as a framework for implementation of evidence-based interventions

  • Identify the implementation steps in each phase of the Implementation Cycle

  • Experience some of the skills needed to implement the Cycle.

Duration: 3 hours 

Methodology: On-Line, moderated with live interaction, discussions and real-time exercises

Cost: US$ 69

Capacity: 30 participants

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