Introduction

An evaluation guide to support community-based interventions to prevent substance-related harms in youth

Author: Public Health Agency of Canada (2022)

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2022). An evaluation guide to support community-based interventions to prevent substance-related harms in youth: Based on the implementation of the Icelandic Prevention Model in Lanark County, Canada.

Description

This evaluation guide provides practical tools, methods, and frameworks to develop evaluation strategies and measure the progress of community-based initiatives designed to prevent substance use and related harms among youth. Although this resource describes and highlights implementation of the Icelandic Prevention Model (IPM) in Lanark County, Ontario, it can be used to support evaluation of the IPM or similar approaches in other communities. Using a socioecological approach integrating community-wide collaboration and positive youth development, the resource outlines relevant indicators, logic models, and practice profiles to monitor change and evaluate overall implementation of substance use-related prevention initiatives for youth.

Potential use

This resource provides useful evaluation tools and strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities working to prevent substance-related harms in Canadian youth using an upstream, socioecological, community-driven approach. It is particularly relevant for those involved in planning or implementing the IPM approach in their community.

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