EDPQS Toolkit 3: Training

Delivering training to support the use and implementation of quality standards

Toolkit 3 previewTarget audience and purpose

This toolkit is for people who would like to deliver a  training event on quality in drug prevention. It will be of interest to people working for local government or specialised training companies (e.g. providers of courses for practitioners), practitioners who also deliver training, people working at non-governmental organisations (NGOs), University lecturers, or health education providers who work with others (e.g. teachers) to encourage effective prevention.

Toolkit 3 is of particular value if you wish to:

  • Show others how to use quality standards when planning and reviewing drug prevention activities
  • Develop ideas on how to deliver training on quality standards in an interactive and engaging way
  • Benefit from ready-prepared materials, including presentation slides, handouts and evaluation questionnaires


Please click on the links below to access the individual files corresponding to the toolkit contents in English:

You can also download all files (except the recording of Unit 2) at once as a *.zip file (5.7 MB).

You can also find additional training ideas at the bottom of this page.

Important: Please inform us if you intend to deliver training on EDPQS (see below).

Translations into other languages

This toolkit is currently only available in English. Translations into further languages will be added to this page if they become available. If you are interested in translating Toolkit 3, please observe our translation guidelines.

About EDPQS Toolkit 3

Rachele Donini and her colleagues from ASL 2 Savonese introduce EDPQS Toolkit 3, explaining how it was developed and how it can be used.

EDPQS Toolkit 3 is intended for those wishing to provide training on quality standards in prevention. The Toolkit allows trainers to utilise existing knowledge and materials relating to training on EDPQS, instead of having to develop new materials from scratch. The Toolkit was developed on the basis of several years’ experience of delivering seminars on the EDPQS, as well as in-depth input from a range of stakeholders (see also these slides presented at the Sixth EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, 22-24 October 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia). The Toolkit was also tested in practice prior to publication.

The Toolkit contains different Units (lectures and interactive sessions) that can be combined in modules of varying length (half-day, one day, two days) and tailored by participant group (e.g. practitioners, policy-makers, University students).

The Toolkit consists of the following documents:

  • Trainers’ Guide – the key resource in this toolkit, including descriptions of all the activities (“Units”) suggested for training on EDPQS, as well as practical tips for success
  • Training Planning Grid – a grid to help trainers plan for specific training events using this Toolkit
  • PowerPoint slides – a set of slides to support all the Units outlined in the Trainers’ Guide, with a detailed commentary to help trainers talk through the slides
  • Recording of EDPQS Presentation – this recording guides trainers through the presentation of the EDPQS in Unit 2, it will be particularly helpful for trainers who’ve not previously heard a presentation about EDPQS
  • Handouts for participants – this document includes all the handouts which participants will receive during the training
  • Pre-seminar questionnaire – a questionnaire that can be sent to participants prior to the training; it helps to find out more about the training participants in order to better plan the training and it also collects baseline data to support the evaluation of the training
  • Post-seminar questionnaire – a questionnaire that can be given to participants after the training; it helps to find out how participants liked the training and what they learnt from it, thus supporting the evaluation of the training with a view to improving future training events
  • Evaluation summary template – an Excel file to help trainers record and interpret the findings from the evaluation of the training
  • Trainer self-reflection – a questionnaire that trainers can complete immediately after the training event to reflect on what they thought went well and what should be done differently next time

EDPQS Toolkit 3 was a key output of Phase II of the EDPQS project.

If you intend to deliver training on EDPQS

Toolkit 3 gives you all the information you need to deliver a high quality training event on EDPQS. To help us coordinate training events and to allow us to support trainers, please contact us at info@prevention-standards.eu if you intend to deliver training on the EDPQS. Kindly send us the following information:

  • Your contact details (name, organisation)
  • Context of the training (e.g. workshop, integrated in a course)
  • Number and professional background of participants
  • Is the training provided not-for-profit or for-profit?
  • Will it be a one-off event or do you plan to repeat this event?
  • Any questions you may have concerning the training

We will then add you to our trainers database and contact you in case new training materials become available or if a train-the-trainers event is planned.

Please also read the note “Important information about the provision of training on EDPQS” in the Trainers’ Guide.

Additional ideas for training on EDPQS

The training presented in Toolkit 3 focuses on introducing the EDPQS as an overall framework for thinking about quality, and familiarises participants with how to plan and review prevention activities using the EDPQS. To support participants further with developing the quality of their work, further training activities can be undertaken to deepen participants’ learning regarding specific EDPQS components.

Although it was not possible within the EDPQS Phase II project to prepare standardised materials to support such activities, you will find some suggestions below that you can use to prepare additional training units. The relevant EDPQS components are indicated in italics after each suggestion. Highlighting the link between these activities and the corresponding EDPQS components will illustrate how quality standards can be applied in practice. You can of course also develop your own ideas for other EDPQS components based on these suggestions.

Suggestions for additional training activities:

  • Support participants to make explicit how they identify target population needs (who decides what the ‘problem’ is, and how? who assesses the needs of the target population, and how? what data sources are used?) (EDPQS 1.2 Assessing drug use and community needs; 1.4 Understanding the target population)
  • Support participants to make explicit the underlying assumptions about why their prevention activity should work. In other words, why do they think this activity could prevent substance use and related problems, and how is it supposed to achieve that? This exercise can be particularly useful if participants are using approaches for which there is little or conflicting evidence of effectiveness. This will help participants understand better what outcomes can be realistically expected based on their activity, and which outcomes would require additional activities. You can also help participants to understand what theoretical model they are using (implicitly or explicitly), and clarify whether this theoretical model is supported by empirical evidence or not (EDPQS 3.2 Using a theoretical model; EDPQS 3.3 Defining aims, goals, and objectives)
  • Support participants to make explicit the (long-term) aims, (mid-term) goals and (short-term) objectives of their prevention activity, distinguishing also between specific objectives (outcomes) and operational objectives (outputs) (EDPQS 3.3 Defining aims, goals, and objectives)
  • Support participants to formulate appropriate process and outcome evaluation indicators for their prevention activity, based on the specified aims, goals and objectives. This activity will be useful for participants even if an evaluation is not currently planned or feasible, as it will help to clarify the focus of the prevention activity. (EDPQS 4.4 If planning final evaluations)
  • Support participants to develop a programme logic model for their own prevention activity (specifying target population needs, inputs/resources, activities, outputs, reach, outcomes, and impact – and checking the logical connections between them) (EDPQS 5.1 Planning the programme – illustrating the project plan)
  • Support participants to identify all stakeholders relevant to their prevention activity and conduct a stakeholder analysis (for example, by considering for each stakeholder how much they support or oppose the activity, or how they should be involved vs. how they are involved) (EDPQS B: Communication and stakeholder involvement; 2.1 Assessing target population and community resources)
  • Support participants to consider how they decide what prevention activity to implement – what are the factors that determine their decision, and what forms of ‘evidence’ inform this decision (official recommendation, evidence of effectiveness, tradition, practical experience, colleagues’ opinion, popularity, etc.)? (EDPQS 1.3 Describing the needs – justifying the intervention; EDPQS 3.5 Referring to evidence of effectiveness; EDPQS 4.1 Designing for quality and effectiveness; 4.2 If selecting an existing intervention)

Another idea could be to start the training by discussing with participants what they currently do to assure quality in their work (which activities assure the quality of their work, do they use any specific quality assurance mechanism, and at what points does ‘quality’ become a topic?). You could also ask if participants are already referring to some written quality standards (e.g. organisational, regional), and explore differences/similarities between these and the EDPQS. Such a unit could also explore more deeply how participants define quality (and what is “poor quality” in their opinion) (i.e. what quality standards do they implicitly apply to their work), and where they see the need for improvements in their own work (what could be done differently/better to assure quality?).

To contribute your own ideas or materials to this page, please contact us.

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Suggested citation

Donini R, Zunino A, Balugani R, Panza M, Romani F, Brotherhood A & the European Prevention Standards Partnership (2015) EDPQS Toolkit 3: Delivering training to support the use and implementation of quality standards (“Training Toolkit”). Liverpool: Centre for Public Health. Available from: http://prevention-standards.eu/toolkit-3/

If you are thinking about delivering training on the EDPQS, or you have any questions, comments or further ideas regarding this toolkit, please contact us.