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NCJ Number: 149456 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation Report on the Drug Alliance Program: Activities in Neighborhood-Based Illicit Drug Abuse Prevention
Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 197
Sponsoring Agency: Action
Washington, DC 20525
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Beltsville, MD 20705-3102
Contract Number: 90-043-1003
Sale Source: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
11720 Beltsville Drive, Suite 900
Beltsville, MD 20705-3102
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These two volumes present the findings and recommendations from an evaluation of a drug prevention program funded by ACTION to use volunteers from Volunteers of America (VOA) to generate innovative neighborhood awareness activities.
Abstract: The five strategies supported by the ACTION project were (1) increasing public awareness of drug abuse prevention efforts, (2) adopting a zero-tolerance approach, implementing neighborhood watch programs, promoting an emphasis on victims, and building community coalitions. The VOA selected high-risk neighborhoods in nine cities, where all but one of the projects were called Community and Neighborhood Drug Offensive (CAN-DO). The evaluation focused on the nature and quality of implementation; the effectiveness in recruiting, retaining, and positively influencing volunteers; and the initiative's impact on the site neighborhoods in reducing drug abuse. The evaluation revealed that the program model should be refined in the areas of implementation, volunteers, and impact. Specific changes should include requiring community leaders to take part in planning, implementing, and evaluating the program as a condition for funding; locating program offices in visible and accessible space; using indirect methods such as youth recreation programs and neighborhood beautification in neighborhoods with high rates of crime and drug abuse; and providing ample inservice training, technical assistance, and other support to obtain funding and donations to expand program activities. Tables and appended methodological information and study instruments
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Services effectiveness; Volunteer programs
Note: Two volumes
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