This page highlights a few examples of how the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) have been used to inform prevention activities around Europe in the following areas:
- Policy making
- Prevention systems
- Development of quality standards
- Professional training and development
Further examples of use can be accessed on a country-by-country basis through the EDPQS Activities Map.
If you would like to use the EDPQS to develop activities and promote quality in your own work, please note we have developed practical toolkits to support you. If you require further advice on how to use the EDPQS, please identify your country contact to obtain more information. We would also like to hear from you if you are already using the EDPQS in your own work. Please contact us if you would like for your project to be included on our web page.
Written quality standards can help policy-makers decide which activities to support, and can also be used to advocate for high quality in prevention.
EU Framework for minimum quality standards and benchmarks in drug demand reduction (EQUS)
The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards have been adapted to form the prevention strand in a study on the development of an EU Framework for minimum quality standards and benchmarks in drug demand reduction (EQUS). These proposed minimum quality standards are recommendations addressed to the European Commission to underpin its work on a proposal for an EU consensus on minimum quality standards. Annex 10.7 “Correspondence of EQUS prevention standards and European drug prevention quality standards” shows how the two sets of standards are linked to each other. The EQUS project was led by the Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction at the University of Zurich and was also co-funded by the European Union. Further information can be found at in the final report. The EDPQS and EQUS standards formed the basis for the EU Minimum Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction, which were published in 2015.
For further international initiatives, see the Related activities page.
Three Cities Project (“Trestad2”) – Sweden
The Three Cities project was a collaboration between the three largest cities in Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg) in the area of cannabis prevention with young people under 25 years of age. Representatives of Stockholm (Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration) and Malmö led a sub-project within this collaboration focussing on quality assurance in prevention, with special consideration given to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards. This working group translated the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards into Swedish and adapted them to the Swedish context in order to engage a wider professional audience in Sweden. The Standards were also used as a common framework for describing sub-projects undertaken within the Three Cities project. One of the case studies conducted in Phase II focussed on how the Three Cities project benefitted from applying the Standards as a quality assurance mechanism. Further information about the project, including how the Standards were used, is available in the short document “From paper to practice” (PDF format) as well as on the Sweden country page.
Expert Strand on Substance Abuse Prevention (ESSAP)
The Expert Strand on Substance Abuse Prevention (ESSAP) is a subgroup to the Work Group “Health Inequalities” within the Social Affairs Forum, EUROCITIES. It aims to develop prevention work in European cities with a focus on tobacco, alcohol and illegal substances. The priority is youth under 25 years of age. The objective of ESSAP is to be a forum for sharing knowledge-based prevention programmes, methods and activities. ESSAP is open to all cities in the EUROCITIES network; cities active in ESSAP have included Stockholm, Malmö, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Vienna. During 2012, the group focused on the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards as a framework to guide their discussions and facilitate international knowledge exchange.
REBOUND – Germany
REBOUND is a manualised, school-based drug prevention and health promotion intervention developed at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and carried out by FINDER e.V. The intervention comprises four pillars: classroom-based sessions delivered primarily by teachers, online modules, mentoring and a whole schools approach. The intervention aims to increase life and social skills among adolescents and young adults, with an emphasis on developing resilience and risk competence. The developers had a strong interest in continuous improvement of their programme and actively used the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards to inform the ‘optimisation’ process. As part of Phase II of the EDPQS project, REBOUND formed one of the case studies, with a particular focus on how achievement of standards could be evidenced. More information about this project is available at http://my-rebound.de and from the Germany country page.
Development of quality standards
Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) – England, UK
This project is funded by the Department for Education and run by the drug prevention charity Mentor UK, in partnership with DrugScope and Adfam, providing information and advice to schools and practitioners about good practice in drug education and prevention. The ADEPIS team developed a set of standards informed by the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards. The ADEPIS standards focus specifically on schools and those organisations which work within schools providing drug education to students.
The ADEPIS Quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education can be accessed here. Further information about the project is available at http://mentor-adepis.org/; from our blog; or from our UK country page.
The NEWIP Good Practice Standards
The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) formed the basis for the development of the Good Practice Standards within the Nightlife Empowerment & Well-being Implementation Project (NEWIP). The Good Practice Standards within the NEWIP project are standards developed at the intervention level based on harm (risk) reduction in nightlife settings.
The NEWIP standards are practice based and were developed by a broad spectrum of experts working in the field of harm reduction in nightlife settings. The existing EDPQS were complemented with notes on what to consider with regard to interventions in the nightlife setting, as well as relevant references to practical guidelines, manuals and background documents, for each program, to improve the practice of existing programmes and the efficiency of seeking funding.
Based on expert consensus, the additional information was mainly drawn from real examples and the experiences of practitioners and thus describes the potential benefits and details how established projects have dealt with challenges in the past. The aim was to create an easily accessible, relevant and practical framework for those working in nightlife settings. Like the EDPQS, the Good Practice Standards don’t prescribe one fixed, inflexible model but aim to share core principles and a framework of relevant references that can be applied to developing good practices. Further information is available at http://www.safernightlife.org/standards and from our Netherlands country page.
Professional training and development
Workshops and seminars in Liguria and Lombardy regions – Italy
The Italian project partner ASL 2 Savonese has been actively disseminating information about the Standards and encouraging their use at regional levels in Northern Italy. Activities undertaken so far have included symposia with prevention professionals on the use of quality standards, seminars for University students in social work and other relevant disciplines, as well as workshops with prevention practitioners. Further information can be found on our Italy country page.
If you are interested to see where else the EDPQS have been presented, please see the list of presentations.
For further information about any of the projects mentioned above, please contact the Prevention Standards Partnership.