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.