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NCJ Number: 134157 Find in a Library
Title: Developing a Community Profile: A Handbook for Using Pre-existing Data in Prevention Planning
Author(s): R M Gabriel; C Brinkerhoff
Corporate Author: Western Regional Ctr for Drug-Free Schools and Communities
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 31
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Document: PDF
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual describes steps for using existing community data to determine the activities and effects related to drug abuse within a community; this is an early step in planning the development of a community alcohol and drug abuse prevention program.
Abstract: Part 1 of the manual explains why such a needs assessment is required. It advises that a comprehensive view of the impact of alcohol and other drug abuse on a community is useful to raise community awareness of the problem based on reliable data and is necessary before the prevention program can be designed to meet particular aspects of the problem. The method of information gathering described in the manual relies solely on data which already exist in the community. Part 2 presents the steps for the assembly of a package of drug-abuse-impact indicators. The steps are to "brainstorm" a list of possible indicators, add to the list based upon further analysis, find available data, screen indicators according to availability, look for regional and national comparisons, reconsider the list, identify the best indicators, and choose the best approximations. Each of these steps is accompanied by an illustration from the Regional Drug Initiative in Portland, Ore. Part 3 suggests guidelines for using the information obtained. A 12-item reading list and appended supplementary data from the Regional Drug Initiative
Main Term(s): Needs assessment
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Drug prevention programs; Program planning
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