EDPQS Toolkit 4: Adaptation and Dissemination

Promoting quality standards in different contexts

Toolkit 4Target audience and purpose

This toolkit is for people who would like to raise the quality of preventive work by strategically promoting the use of quality standards in their own country (or region, municipality) or in their own professional context (e.g. a particular setting).

Toolkit 4 is of particular value if you wish to:

  • Find out about effective methods and ways to promote the use of quality standards
  • Translate and/or adapt the EDPQS and related materials
  • Develop new (or revise existing) quality standards (including funding criteria) using the EDPQS


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

You can also download all files at once as a *.zip file (7.5 MB).

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 4, please observe our translation guidelines.

About EDPQS Toolkit 4

Angelina Brotherhood, LJMU, introduces EDPQS Toolkit 4 and explains how it was developed and how it can be used.

EDPQS Toolkit 4 aims to help to promote quality standards, and in particular the EDPQS, in drug prevention. It shares the practical experiences of policy-makers, practitioners and researchers who have used and adapted the EDPQS to help raise the quality of drug prevention in their own countries or professional context (see the Example projects document).

It offers a structured, step-by-step approach to translating, adapting and disseminating the EDPQS (see Steps 1-4 documents). Official translations and adaptations of the EDPQS, as well as formal dissemination activities, are expected to follow the recommendations in this toolkit. In addition, work ‘inspired’ by the EDPQS (e.g. quality standards developed in other domains) may benefit from the toolkit even though it may not follow all the recommendations. The toolkit was developed for use with the EDPQS, but many recommendations will also be relevant for the adaptation and dissemination of other quality standards.

Developing, translating, adapting and/or strategically disseminating quality standards require careful planning and are all addressed in this toolkit.

This toolkit helps to:

  • Plan adaptation/dissemination (including translation) of the EDPQS in a systematic way from start to finish
  • Make informed decisions rather than have lengthy discussions about what to do
  • Correctly estimate the resources (time, money, people) required
  • Foresee and address potential difficulties in advance
  • Apply for funding to translate, adapt and/or disseminate the EDPQS

EDPQS Toolkit 4 was a key output of Phase II of the EDPQS project.

Updates on Example Projects

Since completion of the toolkits, we have been informed of the following updates:

Example 1: Europejskie standardy jakości w profilaktyce uzależnień od narkotyków, Poland

  • “… a translation of the EDPQS Quick Guide was being prepared …”: The Polish version of the Quick Guide to EDPQS has been published, and additional training workshops have been held. For further information, please see the blog announcement and the Poland country page.

Example 4: Trestad2 “Kvalitetsstandarder för förebyggande arbete”, Sweden

  • “… The Swedish adaptation of the EDPQS had not yet been published at the time of preparing this toolkit. The first material to be published in Swedish was expected to be an adaptation of the Quick Guide…”: The Swedish version of the Quick Guide to EDPQS has been published (see also the blog announcement).
  • “… The project was expected to continue in 2015 with a focus on disseminating the adapted materials…”: Training sessions with regional prevention coordinators have been initiated.
  • “…  in close collaboration with the Swedish National Institute of Public Health. …”: The Swedish National Institute of Public Health is now the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
  • For further information, please visit the Sweden country page.

Example 6: Minimum Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction (EQUS)

  • “…efforts were underway to develop EQUS further and to obtain official support from national policy makers across EU Member States for the promotion of quality standards”: on 14 September 2015, the Council of the European Union adopted Council conclusions on the implementation of minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction in the EU (see our Related activities page for more information).

Example 8: Mentor ADEPIS “Quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education”, UK

Suggested citation

Brotherhood A, Sumnall HR & the European Prevention Standards Partnership (2015) EDPQS Toolkit 4:  Promoting quality standards in different contexts (“Adaptation and Dissemination Toolkit”). Liverpool: Centre for Public Health. Available from: http://prevention-standards.eu/toolkit-4/

If you are thinking about translating or adapting the EDPQS, or you have any questions about this toolkit, please contact us.