Locally known as: “European Drug Prevention Quality Standards“ (“EDPQS”)
Jeff Lee, EDPQS Phase II project manager at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, explains why he believes quality standards in drug prevention are important
EDPQS materials available in English
- Position Paper (Defining “drug prevention” and “quality”)
- Theory of Change (How can the introduction of quality standards help improve prevention practice and lead to better outcomes for target populations?)
- Quick Guide
- Toolkit 1 (Funding & Decision-Making Toolkit)
- Toolkit 2 (Self-Assessment & Reflection Toolkit)
- Toolkit 3 (Training Toolkit)
- Toolkit 4 (Adaptation & Dissemination Toolkit)
- Questions and Answers
- Flyer or Postcard
- Presentation (PPT, Prezi)
- Articles in professional media
Project-specific activities in this country
- The quality standards in drug education, published by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) in 1999, were used in the development of the EDPQS.
- As part of the EDPQS Phase I and Phase II projects, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) conducted online surveys, focus groups, and pilot training in the UK.
- Presentation of EDPQS in relevant professional fora, for example at a Mentor UK ADEPIS workshop in Liverpool, September 2013, attended by some 50 participants from education and health sectors
- Project meetings in Liverpool (January 2009, April 2013)
Examples of EDPQS use in this country
In the UK, the EDPQS have been referred to in guidance issued by government and government advisory bodies, for example:
- Public Health England, 2014, New psychoactive substances: A toolkit for substance misuse commissioners (download)
- Home Office, 2014, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Resource pack for informal educators and practitioners (download)
- Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), 2015, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence: Briefing by the Recovery Committee (download)
In December 2015, Public Health England (PHE) in London facilitated a training session using the EDPQS Training Tooolkit. The session was directed at commissioners and funders. For more information, please see our blog.
The EDPQS also informed the development of the Mentor Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education. The EDPQS champion on this project was Andrew Brown (formerly at Mentor UK and DrugScope). More information about this project can be found in the “Example projects documents” in EDPQS Toolkit 4 and in our blog.
The Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University (www.cph.org.uk) was the project lead for the EDPQS Phase I and Phase II projects. For further information, please see the Partnership pages.
Main contact person
Prof Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at Liverpool John Moores University (firstname.lastname@example.org), can be contacted regarding:
- Information about the institution’s role in the EDPQS project
- General information about the EDPQS
- Information about EDPQS-specific activities in this country
- Advice on how to work with the EDPQS
- Requests for presentations on EDPQS
- Requests to receive training on EDPQS
- Requests for permission to provide for-profit training on EDPQS
Other quality standards and guidelines relevant to prevention
Yes. Please check:
- Mentor ADEPIS
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- the EMCDDA’s Best Practice Portal
- Public Health England, 2015, “The international evidence on the prevention of drug and alcohol use – Summary and examples of implementation in England” (the briefing provides a summary of the United Nations Office of Drug Control’s International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and gives examples of relevant guidelines, programmes and interventions currently available in England)
Information last updated January 2016. Something wrong or missing? To submit an update regarding this page (e.g. changed contact details, additional activities), please contact us.