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Quick Guide available in Latvian & first EDPQS training event held in Riga

We are pleased to announce that the Quick Guide to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) was recently published in Latvian. This means that the Quick Guide is now available in 15 languages.

The quick guide was translated and published by the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control that is responsible for public health prevention coordination and represents the National Focal Point for the Reitox network of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

In addition, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia, in collaboration with EDPQS project partner Artur Malczewski from the Polish National Bureau for Drug Prevention, organised the first EDPQS training in the capital Riga using EDPQS Toolkit 3 (Training). This event was held on 30 November 2016 and gathered together 17 experts representing ministries and other state institutions, municipalities, the police’s prevention unit and non-governmental organisations.

The organisers of the training received positive feedback, and the results of pre-test and post-test showed that participants improved their knowledge about the EDPQS quick guide and the way how to use it; moreover, the majority of participants noted that this tool would be useful in their work.

It is planned that in 2017 another training on EDPQS standards will be organised and that more EDPQS toolkits will be translated into Latvian.

For more information about EDPQS activities in Latvia, please visit our Latvia country page.

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Riga, Latvia

Toolkits available in Polish & Conference in Warsaw on “Quality in Prevention”

On 5-6 October this year, an international conference entitled “Quality in Prevention” was held in Warsaw by the National Bureau for Drug Prevention (KBPN) and Mazovian Centre for Social Policy (MCPS). The conference was attended by over 140 participants, including 20 foreign experts from Cypress, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Ukraine and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

The annual meeting for representatives of local governments was opened by Mr Jarosław Pinkas, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health.

polish-toolkits

A key aim of the conference was to present new Polish publications concerning the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) – the three EDPQS Toolkits 1, 2 and 4 have been translated into Polish by the MCPS and are now available in hard copy and online:

During the session devoted to the EDPQS, an MCPS representative (Piotr Oniszk) discussed the new publications by the Prevention Standards Partnership, while an Italian expert (Rachele Donini) presented the EDPQS training toolkit (see Rachele’s slides here). In Italy, the European Standards have been applied in the context of University education. Moreover, representatives of the city of Malmö, Sweden (Mats Glans and Ulf Ljungberg) discussed the implementation of the standards within the Three Cities project. The Lithuanian expert outlined the progress of implementing the EDPQS and presented results of the evaluation of EDPQS training events which had been conducted by a Polish Reitox Focal Point staff member in Vilnius in June 2016 (for more information view our previous blog post or go to http://www.cinn.gov.pl/portal?id=1030573). In 2016, two additional one-day EDPQS training events were organized: first in Poland for Wrocław City prevention specialists on 21 October, second in Latvia on 30 October in Riga (lecturer – EDPQS Project Partner Artur Malczewski).

The remaining sessions addressed other topics relating to drug prevention:

Information on the situation of drugs and drug addiction in their home countries was also presented by the experts from Georgia and Ukraine, while the Polish speakers discussed issues related to the Act of 15 September 2015 on Public Health and the National Health Programme (Ministry of Health, Municipal Office of the City of Wrocław). Moreover, speakers from the cities of Wrocław, Pabianice and Płock presented activities of local governments in the field of drug prevention.

The representative of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction presented two EMCDDA reports: one was devoted to the current situation regarding drugs, while the other discussed drug policies in large cities. The former report is available in English as well as Polish at the EMCDDA’s website: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/edr/trends-developments/2016; while the second report is available in English from http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/emcdda-papers/drug-policy-and-the-city.

During the session devoted to recommended drug prevention programmes, a new website (http://programyrekomendowane.pl) launched by the National Bureau for Drug Prevention (KBPN) was shown. The system of recommended drug prevention programmes has been operational in Poland since 2010 and is the result of the collaboration of four institutions: National Bureau for Drug Prevention, State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems, Centre for Education Development as well as Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition, conclusions from the 3rd National Conference entitled Drugs – Drug Addiction. Policy, Science and Practice were presented, a conference organized in June this year by the National Bureau for Drug Prevention and the Polish Foundation for Humanitarian Aid Res Humanae for local government officials.

One of the last conference sessions featured the presentation of the Warsaw Declaration, which was developed during the 2nd International Urban Drug Policies Conference (UDPC2016), organized in February this year in Warsaw by the Polish Drug Policy Network, Municipal Office of the City of Warsaw and National Bureau for Drug Prevention (http://urbandrugpolicies.com/).

To view the full conference agenda, please click here.

For more information regarding EDPQS in Poland, please view our Poland country page.

– Artur Malczewski

EDPQS Quick Guide published & first EDPQS training event held in Lithuania

Quick Guide in LithuanianWe’re pleased to announce that the Quick Guide to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) is now available in Lithuanian, and that the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department has commenced delivering formal training events on the EDPQS.

The Quick Guide was translated, adapted and published by the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department, using EDPQS Toolkit 4: Adaptation and Dissemination.

Initial activities to use and disseminate the EDPQS in Lithuania started already in 2012. In 2016, the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department started delivering formal training events to support the use and implementation of the EDPQS.

The first training event was held on 30th June 2016, organised in collaboration with the Polish EDPQS Project Partner, the Polish National Bureau for Drug Prevention (lecturer – Artur Malczewski). There were 22 participants from state, municipality institutions and non-governmental organisations. Training evaluation results showed an overall increase of participants’ awareness, motivation, skills and knowledge regarding quality in drug prevention (all these indicators were higher after the training than before the training).

EDPQS trainings will also be organised in 2017 and 2018. All training events are planned and delivered using EDPQS Toolkit 3: Training.

For more information about EDPQS in Lithuania, please visit our Lithuania country page.

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Lithuania

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Lithuania

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Lithuania

EDPQS Project Partner Artur Malczewski helping to facilitate the event

EDPQS Project Partner Artur Malczewski helping to facilitate the first training event

Toolkit 1 (Funding & Decision-Making) available in Greek

EDPQS Toolkit 1 in GreekWe are pleased to announce that EDPQS Toolkit 1 is now also available in Greek. The translation was provided by our project partners in Greece, the University Mental Health Research Institute (UMHRI), who also involved a group of Greek professionals in the adaptation of the original English-language terminology. It is envisaged that further Greek translations of EDPQS materials will follow over the coming months.

The publication of the EDPQS materials in Greek comes at an opportune moment. The Greek project partners have organised a number of EDPQS activities in Greece, including a dedicated workshop which took place in Athens last year, during which practitioners and commissioners discussed how the EDPQS could be usefully applied in Greece. Currently, UMHRI is collaborating with the Greek Organisation Against Drugs (ΟΚΑΝΑ) to explore different possiblities of using the EDPQS in Greece. EDPQS Toolkit 1 may, for example, be used to support funding procedures regarding prevention activities, or be used to develop further the quality criteria according to which the existing Prevention Centres operate.

For more information about EDPQS in Greece, please visit our Greece country page.

Tajikistan: seminar on quality standards

EDPQS researcher Angelina Brotherhood has recently returned from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where she facilitated a three-day seminar entitled “Prevention Strategy and Policy Makers” on behalf of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Angelina facilitating the discussion on prevention systems

Angelina facilitating a discussion on prevention systems

The seminar was attended by some 18 participants, representing government agencies, local non-governmental organisations, as well as international organisations. The aim of the seminar was to introduce participants to the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention (see our Related activities page), as well as the UNODC’s forthcoming guidance on evaluation. Through group-work, participants were supported in assessing the existing provision of prevention activities in Tajikistan and to identify areas for improvement based on international guidance.

Similar events have been organised by the UNODC in some 60 countries around the world, reaching over 250 policy-makers and practitioners working in the drug prevention field.

The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) are also presented at these seminars, as they complement the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention well. While the UNODC International Standards describe what types of policies and interventions have been found to successfully address drug use or relevant mediators, the EDPQS describe the formal processes and structures required to implement high quality drug prevention. Put simply, the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention describe ‘what’ to do in prevention, while the EDPQS describe ‘how’ to do prevention (Burkhart 2015).

At this event, the EDPQS were presented in a half-hour session and hard copies of the EPDQS manual were also available for participants. The UNODC funded the translation of the presentation slides into Russian, meaning that for the first time, EDPQS materials are now also available in Russian.

Angelina Brotherhood reflected on the event as follows:

“It was a great experience talking to Tajik policy-makers and practitioners about drug prevention activities in their country, and I’m grateful that the UNODC invited me to hold this workshop on their behalf. Tajikistan faces unique challenges. The country is still recovering from a civil war that lasted for several years in the 1990s, whilst still being confronted with the horrors of war in its neighbouring country Afghanistan. Its proximity to Afghanistan also means proximity to the drugs trade. Seminar participants also mentioned the ‘incomplete families’ produced by emigration. Many people (especially men) leave Tajikistan in search for work, and these labour migrants’ wives were identified as a vulnerable population. I was also interested to learn that women from disadvantaged backgrounds typically cannot afford to pay to give birth in hospital, and thus home births are common among this group. Participants also spoke of the role of local traditions and superstitions which can prevent women from undergoing medical examinations. These women are consequently hard to reach and the seminar participants identified the need for greater efforts to provide medical and psychosocial services to these groups.

There are a number of different prevention activities being implemented in Tajikistan. Notably, manualised evidence-based programmes are also being adapted and piloted by the UNODC. Participants were concerned about how to sustain this work, ensuring that pilots are transformed into routine activities with high coverage of target populations. This, of course, is not a challenge faced only in this country, as we have heard similar reports from European countries throughout the EDPQS Phase I and Phase II projects.

Besides the discussion on content, participants were very interested to learn about the EDPQS. They appreciated the project cycle as a systematic way for thinking about and planning prevention. Currently, there are no national standards available in Tajikistan or any other regulatory frameworks to specify quality requirements for drug prevention. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the decision to develop national quality standards for drug prevention in Tajikistan. We discussed that such a consensus-building process, if organised carefully with involvement of all relevant stakeholders, could also help to strengthen the collaboration and coordination among prevention stakeholders in this country. Participants were interested to hear about the experiences from other countries regarding the development of quality standards, and I was glad that with EDPQS Toolkit 4, I was able to offer them a written step-by-step guide to the development of quality standards.

A model prevention system, as proposed in the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

A model prevention system, as proposed in the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

On the last day, there was a discussion of the national prevention system which I really enjoyed. We tried to map the Tajik prevention system against the model prevention system proposed in the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention (see above). This was a really useful process to help visualise existing organisations and structures, as well as to identify areas where things are not yet working as well as they could. One of the things to come out of this discussion was the double role of international organisations and donors. On the one hand, these organisations play a key role in planning and implementing drug prevention activities in this country. On the other hand, these activities are outside the remit of the government, and thus there may be issues with fragmentation and sustainability. It can also lead to a dependence on foreign money and expertise. Participants at the seminar all agreed that a sustainable and coherent approach to drug prevention requires strong national coordination mechanisms and delivery structures, including structures to train up a professional prevention workforce locally.

The key question of course is how to put all the good plans and intentions resulting from this meeting into practice. Over the three days, we documented all the recommendations and actions arising from the meeting. We were able to identify those individuals and organisations who are interested to take this work forward. Thankfully, the National Centre for Drugs Monitoring and Prevention volunteered to host a follow-up meeting during which the action plan could be developed further. The atmosphere upon closing the meeting was really positive, and I hope that participants will be able to continue the work and address some of the challenges which we identified together. The prevention system in Tajikistan is still in its infancy, so this is an opportune moment to set the course for a quality approach to drug prevention.”

Plenary discussion

Plenary discussion

Launch of EDPQS toolkits to support quality in prevention

We’re excited to announce that today sees the launch of new materials to support quality in prevention based on the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS).

What new materials are available and what do they offer?

As a result of a 2-year project to develop practical tools which could support practitioners, policy-makers and other members of the prevention community to achieve quality in prevention based on the EDPQS, the following support materials are now available:

  • EDPQS Toolkit 1 for policy-makers, commissioners and funders, summarising key messages and recommendations arising from the EDPQS for this professional group with special consideration given to the challenges of selecting prevention activities for funding or other forms of support
  • EDPQS Toolkit 2 for practitioners including service managers and front-line workers, including practical quality assessment checklists and improvement support questionnaires that can help practitioners identify stronger and weaker areas of their projects with a view to aiding self-reflection and communication with funders and other partners
  • EDPQS Toolkit 3 to help trainers and professional educators deliver training on quality and quality standards in drug prevention, including suggestions for interactive workshops with practitioners, decision-makers and University students, supported by presentation slides, participant handouts and more
  • EDPQS Toolkit 4 for people in a coordinating role wishing to develop or introduce quality standards at a regional or national level or in a particular setting, providing step-by-step guidance on how to translate, adapt and disseminate quality standards based on real-life examples of EDPQS adaptation
Toolkit 4

A preview of EDPQS Toolkit 4 (Adaptation & Dissemination)

Screenshot of EDPQS web application

Screenshot of EDPQS web application for practitioners

EDPQS Toolkit 2 is also available as a web application. Thanks to a successful collaboration with 2GIKA web services, those in charge of planning, developing and implementing prevention activities (e.g. service managers, programme developers, front-line workers) can use this toolkit in an interactive and engaging way. Toolkits users can:

  • Receive immediate feedback on the quality of different prevention activities
  • Track progress in developing activities further
  • Easily enter and save information about prevention activities
  • Save work and come back later
  • Download the information for reusing it elsewhere (e.g. reports)

In addition, the Partnership developed the following resources to aid work with the EDPQS and support a better understanding of the work we do:

  • EDPQS Activities Map informs you about EDPQS-related activities in different countries, available translations of EDPQS materials, contact details of local and national project partners, and much more
  • A Brief Summary includes a handout as well as a set of PowerPoint slides that can be used to quickly understand and explain to others what the EDPQS offer
  • EDPQS Position Paper explains some of the theoretical considerations underpinning the EDPQS work, in particular the Partnership’s views on the aims of drug prevention and the principles of high quality prevention
  • EDPQS Theory of Change clarifies how introduction of quality standards can help to improve prevention practice and lead to better outcomes for target populations
  • Questions & Answers help to clarify common questions and possible misunderstandings regarding the EDPQS

An overview of all new materials as well as previous materials (such as the Manual and the Quick Guide) is available from the Resources page.

What are the EDPQS and why are new materials needed?

The EDPQS were published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in 2011. They can help the prevention community as they:

  • Define what quality means in relation to drug prevention
  • Offer a vision of what prevention should aspire to
  • Formulate basic- and expert-level expectations toward prevention activities
  • Translate good practice recommendations into specific quality statements
EDPQS Partnership

The European Prevention Standards Partnership, at a meeting in Athens in February 2015

The EDPQS were developed by the European Prevention Standards Partnership, a consortium comprising European partners from practice, policy and academia, and supported by co-funding received from the European Union (for more information, see the EDPQS Phase I project page).

Following publication of the standards, it became clear that practical application of the standards would require additional support materials. Consequently, an extended Partnership started work in 2013 to develop practical tools which could support practitioners, policy-makers and other members of the prevention community to achieve quality in prevention based on the EDPQS (for more information, see the EDPQS Phase II project page).


Prof Harry Sumnall, LJMUProfessor Harry Sumnall, project lead in the EDPQS Phase I and Phase II projects, said:

“I’m pleased that we can now offer practical tools to help people put the EDPQS into practice without having to rely only on the thick EDPQS manual and the simple quick guide. I look forward to hearing about people’s experiences with the toolkits and hope that they will contribute to improving the quality of prevention activities, ensuring that money and effort are invested in activities that represent and support good practice. I hope we as a Partnership can continue our work on EDPQS in the future, possibly by providing training and linking EDPQS to broader activities to help professionalise the workforce and develop national prevention systems further.”


To learn more about the EDPQS, please visit our introduction to the EDPQS. You can also sign up to our newsletter to receive future updates regarding the EDPQS. For any additional enquiries, please feel free to contact us.

Polish version of Quick Guide to EDPQS published

Quick Guide PolishWe are pleased to announce that the Quick Guide to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) is now also available in Polish, meaning that the guide is now available in 13 languages.

Colleagues at the Polish National Bureau for Drug Prevention (NBDP) and the Masovian Centre for Social Policy (MCPS) (see our Partnership page) have been actively promoting the EDPQS in Poland for a number of years. Activities have included:

  • Translation of the EDPQS Manual into Polish
  • Publication of articles in professional magazines (for details and downloads, see the Polish country page)
  • Delivery of workshops – most recently in Torun during the conference for local communities (around 60 persons) and in Pabianice (around 20 persons), with presentations in Poznan and the Masovian region planned for the coming weeks; and
  • Conferences dedicated to the topic of quality standards (October 2014, June 2015).

The Polish version of the Quick Guide is an adaptation of the original guide, and contains two parts:

  1. the first part corresponds to the original Quick Guide
  2. the second part has been prepared by Artur Malczewski from the NBDP and provides contextual information regarding the role of the EDPQS in Poland and the work that has been undertaken in Poland to support the EDPQS

The Quick Guide thus follows up on and updates professionals in Poland on EDPQS-related developments since the publication of the Manual in Polish in 2011.

Quick Guide in PolishPrinted copies of the Quick Guide will be distributed mainly in the Mazovian region (region surrounding Warsaw), but also to the 16 provincial experts on drugs and drug addiction and other people interested in the topic.

Recognising, however, that distributing materials is not sufficient to develop professional practice, colleagues at the NBDP and MCPS will continue to provide training on the quality standards. A two-day workshop using EDPQS Toolkit 3 is planned to take place before the end of the year, following up on the success of a pilot training event held in February 2015.

Participants at the pilot training event in Poland, February 2015

Participants at the pilot training event in Poland, February 2015

The publication of the Quick Guide in Polish marks the beginning of a series of EDPQS publications in Polish, as outputs from the EDPQS Phase II project will be translated and published in the months ahead.

Click here to download the Quick Guide in Polish (file size: 2.3 MB)

 

More more information about the EDPQS in Poland, please visit the Poland country page.

Quick Guide available in Swedish

Quick Guide SwedishAn adapted version of the ‘quick guide’ to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS), published in 2013 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in collaboration with the Prevention Standards Partnership, is now available in Swedish.

The Swedish Quick Guide was produced as part of the “Three Cities” project (Swedish title: Trestad2). This was a joint initiative between the three largest cities in Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg) aimed at improving the policies and interventions addressing young people’s cannabis use. A broader aim of the project was to promote quality and workforce competencies in prevention across Sweden, and hence a special sub-project sought to adapt the European quality standards to the Swedish context.

Work on the adaptation started in 2010 and was implemented as a long-term consensus-building process involving policy makers, practitioners and researchers from the three cities as well as from across the country. The project received financial support from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs under the national ANDT (Alcohol, Narcotic drugs, Doping and Tobacco) Strategy as well as from the city government. The Public Health Agency of Sweden actively supported the adaptation of the material and is now a key player in disseminating the output.

Stockholm

The National Reference Group at a working group meeting with Prof Harry Sumnall and Angelina Brotherhood (Stockholm, May 2014).

Adaptation of the EDPQS to the Swedish context proceeded in collaboration with the EU Prevention Standards Partnership. The Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration, City of Stockholm formally joined the Partnership in 2013 as an Associate Partner, and the Swedish adaptation of EDPQS served as a case study during the EDPQS Phase II project (as reported in a previous blog entry). The picture above shows Prof Harry Sumnall and Angelina Brotherhood attending a meeting in Stockholm in May 2014 to discuss the EDPQS with the national reference group which had been set up to inform the adaptation.

The EU Prevention Standards Partnership followed the Swedish adaptation process with great interest, and the experiences gathered by the Swedish colleagues were essential for the development of EDPQS Toolkit 4. In fact, it was these colleagues’ questions and learning that prompted the development of our guide to adapting and disseminating the EDPQS.

Further information on the Swedish experience of adapting the EDPQS can be found in the Toolkit 4 Example Projects and on our Sweden country page. On that page you can also access a video interview with Anders Eriksson, City of Stockholm, and his colleagues Mats Glans and Ulf Ljungberg, City of Malmö.

All resources to support use of the Standards can be found in our resources section.

Manual available in new language: Bulgarian

EDPQS Manual in BulgarianThe Manual containing the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS), published in 2011 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in collaboration with the Prevention Standards Partnership, is now available in Bulgarian.

This translation was undertaken by the Bulgarian National Focal Point on Drugs and Drug Addictions. It is the third document in a series of publications to provide guidance on the methods used in drug demand reduction activities.

Further information about the work of the Bulgarian National Focal Point can be found on http://www.nfp-drugs.bg

All resources to support use of the Standards can be found in our resources section and in our other languages section.

Quick guide available in new language: Spanish

Quick Guide in SpanishThe ‘quick guide’ to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS), published in 2013 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in collaboration with the Prevention Standards Partnership, is now available in ten languages, with the most recent addition being Spanish.

This translation was made possible through the Cooperation Programme between Latin America and the European Union on Drugs Policies (COPOLAD), a partnership cooperation programme between the European Union (EU) and Latin America (LA).

The EDPQS have informed COPOLAD’s own efforts to establish quality criteria for demand reduction within the Iberoamerican countries. The translation of the EDPQS into Spanish was considered an essential step to help develop a shared vision of ‘quality in prevention’, involving also Spanish-speaking actors in prevention.

We’re especially pleased to have a Spanish version of the Quick Guide available, as our Spanish colleague Jesús Morán Iglesias was among the key initiators of the EDPQS project.

Further information about COPOLAD’s activities can be found on our “Related activities” page as well as on www.copolad.eu.

All resources to support use of the Standards can be found in our resources section and in our other languages section. See also the official EMCDDA web page on the quick guide.