EDPQS Theory of Change

How can the introduction of quality standards help improve prevention practice and lead to better outcomes for target populations?

Theory of Change previewTarget audience and purpose

This resource is for those wishing to advocate for quality in prevention (e.g. prevention coordinators, quality management officers). It helps to explain to other members of the prevention community how quality standards can contribute to beneficial outcomes. It is recommended reading for those working with Toolkit 3 or Toolkit 4.

This resource is of particular value if you wish to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the theoretical underpinning of the EDPQS
  • Consider how using quality standards can help to improve prevention practice leading to better outcomes
  • Promote the need for and value of quality in prevention

Contents

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About the EDPQS Theory of Change

Theory of Change illustrationThe EDPQS Theory of Change addresses how quality standards such as the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) can contribute to improvements in preventive practice and, consequently, lead to better outcomes for target populations.

It discusses the broader context within which quality standards are developed or adapted, and helps make the links between the development/adaptation of quality standards, their promotion, uptake and implementation, and target population outcomes.

The model presented was developed based on the aims and practical experiences of the Prevention Standards Partnership, as well as existing theories of behaviour change in healthcare professionals. It illustrates what the quality standards are expected to achieve, and how they are expected to achieve this.

The resource includes an illustration of the theory of change within the text and as a PowerPoint slide.

The EDPQS Theory of Change was a key output of Phase II of the EDPQS project.

Suggested citation

Brotherhood A & the European Prevention Standards Partnership (2015) EDPQS Theory of Change: how can the introduction of quality standards help improve prevention practice and lead to better outcomes for target populations? Liverpool: Centre for Public Health. Available from: http://prevention-standards.eu/theory-of-change/

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