Evidence-based Prevention


Evidence-based Prevention

What is it?

To maximize the effectiveness of our prevention efforts and to ensure we don't do harm, it is important to implement evidence-based prevention. Evidence-based prevention includes programs, practices, and policies that have been shown to be effective through rigorous evaluations to prevent the onset and continuation of substance use, misuse, and other problem behaviors.

Website: The Best Kind of Prevention: Evidence-based Prevention
This website page by Prevention Action Alliance covers the key points as to why we should care about evidence-base prevention.
Website: What is evidence-based programming and why is it important?
This website page by Applied Prevention Science International provides an overview of what evidence-based prevention is.


Learn about it.

Webinar: Online Registries for Evidence-Based Substance Misuse Prevention: How to Conduct a Successful Search
This webinar by the PTTC network covers how to conduct successful searches for substance misuse prevention interventions that meet the needs of your community. Several online registries are explored during the webinar, along with information on how to ensure the selection of a prevention intervention will meet your community’s needs.
Webinar: Applying Prevention Science to Practice: Using Environmental Strategies to Reduce Substance Use
This webinar by the PTTC network discusses different types of environmental strategies and provides examples of evidence-based strategies. The webinar includes examples of the partners needed to implement environmental strategies and the pre-implementation work that preventionists will need to complete.
Webinars: Implementing Evidence-based Prevention Approaches
This four-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC focuses on implementing evidence-based prevention approaches.

Take action.

Guide: Online Registries for Substance Misuse Prevention Evidence-based Programs and Practices
This document from the Pacific Southwest PTTC highlights federal registries and online databases where prevention practitioners can begin their search for the “best fit” evidence-based prevention program, policy, or practice.
Guide: Selecting Best-fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners
This document from SAMHSA explores the value of embedding program selection in a strategic planning process; where to find information on programs and practices and how to choose among them; tips for adopting, adapting, and innovating programs and practices; and tips for supporting successful implementation and continual improvement at the local level.
Guide: Implementing Community-level Policies to Prevention Alcohol Misuse
This guide from SAMHSA is a compendium of key policies for the prevention of alcohol misuse that have been identified as evidence-based by robust scientific literature.

Guide: Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth
Starting on page 22 of this document from SAMHSA is a list of prevention programs and practices that have been shown to prevent marijuana use or to prevent broader substance use.

Websites: Online Registries of Prevention Programs and Practices
The following are online databases of programs, practices, and policies that have been shown through research to prevention substance misuse.

Guide: International Standards on Drug Use Prevention
This document from the World Health Organization and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime summarizes scientific evidence, describing interventions and policies that have been found to result in positive prevention outcomes and their characteristics.



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