A major element in the first year of the Prevention Standards Phase II project has now been completed. It involved undertaking case studies of specific projects as one way of checking the relevance and usefulness of the Standards developed during Phase I of the Project against “real” prevention activities as well as to aid the development of specific indicators for the Standards.
The Project Lead, four Co-Beneficiary Partners and three Associate Partners assisted in this task. Partners identified the Cases to be studied and explored them using an agreed methodology, providing relevant documentation, undertaking site visits and interviewing representatives of the selected Cases, and subsequently providing their feedback for analysis by the Project Lead.
The Case Studies were selected to offer a diverse range of examples of prevention work being undertaken to include a range of target groups and settings; different delivery systems; a range of providers; and of course a range of countries and cultures.
Overall, seven different prevention activities were included in the Case Studies:
- Two of the Case Studies were undertaken by the team at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) with Associate Partner projects: REBOUND, which is a school based resilience and risk competence training programme led by the University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany; and the Three Cities initiative being undertaken in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, represented in Phase II by the Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration, Stockholm, Sweden.This project is as an example of a commissioning process, and was of special interest to Phase II as the Prevention Standards have been actively used as part of the initiative (see examples of use).
- Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Hungary examined a project named Kék Pont City Art Műhely programme as their Case Study, which addresses an out-of-school target group using a participant- and needs-led approach.
- ASL Milano in Italy investigated the adaptation and implementation of Botvin’s Life Skills Training programme, which has been undertaken by a regional monitoring centre (Osservatorio Regionale sulle Dipendenze – OreD). This is an established and internationally used school based programme and the Case Study thus allows an exploration of the Standards for an adaptation of existing programmes.
- The Institute for the Prevention of Addictions and Drug Abuse (Institut Suchtprävention, pro mente Oberösterreich) in Austria identified their Case Study as Peer Drive Clean. This project consists of alcohol education delivered in driving schools, and was of interest to Phase II as it was not entirely prevention driven (the aim is reduction of alcohol related harms rather than prevention of use).
- The University Mental Health Research Institute (UMHRI) in Greece conducted a Case Study with the Prevention Centre for Addiction and Psychosocial Health Promotion of the Municipality of Kifisia (PRONOI). This offers a Case Study from a deliverer of prevention as PRONOI develops and implements interventions primarily in the area of drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention.
- An additional (self funded) Case Study was carried out with the short version of the Standards by an Associate Partner, the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs in Spain (PNSD). They will undertake a Case Study using the Entre todos, school and family based prevention programme.
The seven Case Studies undertaken have involved significant time in preparation, review of relevant documentation, undertaking the Case study interviews, and writing the follow up reports. The empirical fieldwork has now been completed, and the results will be analysed by the Project Lead, Liverpool John Moores University. The findings from this piece of work will help in the preparation of Quality Standard indicators and the refinement of the Prevention Standards in conjunction with the work undertaken by the Co-Beneficiary Partner Charles University in Prague (CUNI) on evidencing achievement and the development of indicators.
Further information about the individual Project Partners can be found on the Partnership in Phase II page; and further information about the project activities can be found in the description of the Phase II project. For any additional information, please contact us.