EDPQS Toolkit 2: Self-Assessment & Reflection

Reviewing and improving the quality of prevention work

Toolkit 2 preview with webTarget audience and purpose

This Toolkit will be of use to everyone working within the drug prevention community. It will be of particular interest to those involved in planning or implementing a drug prevention activity, programme or other initiative. Practitioners, programme developers, service managers, and coordinators will find this toolkit of relevance to their work in prevention.

Toolkit 2 is of particular value if you wish to:

  • Find out to what extent your work already meets the European standards for quality in drug prevention
  • Develop a new prevention activity with an orientation towards quality
  • Improve the quality of planned or already ongoing activities


EDPQS Toolkit 2 is available as a web-based application (if you prefer to work electronically) as well as a PDF version (if you prefer to work with pen and paper).

To access the web-based application, please visit http://self-assessment.prevention-standards.eu (link opens in new tab)

Please note that this is still in beta phase, please contact us if you encounter any errors/problems

To access the individual PDF files corresponding to the toolkit contents, please click on the links below (in English, please see below for other languages):

You can also download all files at once as a *.zip file (2 MB).

Translations into other languages

EDPQS Toolkit 2 is currently available in the following translations (please click on your language to access the corresponding files):

  • Polish (file size: <1 MB; translation verified by the Masovian Centre for Social Policy [Mazowieckie Centrum Polityki Społecznej] (MCPS))
  • Translations into additional languages will be added to this page as they become available. If you are interested in translating EDPQS Toolkit 2, please observe our translation guidelines.

Important note: These documents are translations of the original English language materials. They are provided for the convenience of those who prefer to read in their own language. Although carefully prepared by project partners or other organisations, they have not been formally checked by the original authors. In case of any doubts, we recommend you consult the original English language document as the English text prevails.

About EDPQS Toolkit 2

The purpose of this toolkit is to support self-learning, self-reflection and self-improvement. It aims to raise awareness regarding the need for “high quality” drug prevention and offers a response to key questions such as:

  • What is quality in drug prevention?
  • What quality standards should apply to drug prevention activities?
  • How could I benefit from using quality assessment tools to review my work?
  • How can I better understand and develop the quality of ongoing drug prevention activities?

The Toolkit aims to help improve the quality of work undertaken in prevention and to help fill the gap between science and practice. In particular, it can support the planning or implementation phase of prevention activities by offering practical tools that can help to achieve “high quality” in prevention work. These tools can be used individually, within the work group setting or within an organisation.

For maximum benefit, we recommend a step-wise process to assessing and developing the quality of drug prevention work:

  • Conduct a quick self-assessment using the Quality Assessment Checklist (approx. 1 hour)
  • Complete and review your Quality Synthesis Profile to identify critical areas that you would like to work on (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Use the Improvement Support Questionnaire to think about the critical areas in more depth and identify ways to improve the quality of your work (approx. 1 hour per area)

The EDPQS offer a common model for communication among different prevention workers, as well as support for professional and organisational development. The ultimate aim of the EDPQS project is to help develop a professional culture in the prevention field that is supportive of high quality activities.

EDPQS Toolkit 2 was a key output of Phase II of the EDPQS project.

Suggested citation

Vimercati N, Celata C, Olivadoti S, Bafi I, Lehner R, Schmidbauer R & the European Prevention Standards Partnership (2015) EDPQS Toolkit 2: Reviewing and improving the quality of prevention work (“Self-Assessment and Reflection Toolkit”). Liverpool: Centre for Public Health. Available from: http://prevention-standards.eu/toolkit-2/

If you have any questions about this toolkit, please contact us.