Measuring Sustainment in Prevention Programs and Initiatives
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Palinkas
Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse R34
This NIDA funded R34 is examining four SAMHSA prevention projects: Strategic Prevention Framework State Initiative Grants, Drug Free Communities/STOP Act, Garrett Lee Smith State Suicide Prevention Program, and Prevention Practices in Schools. To goal of this project is to identify and support both the unique requirements for improving sustainability for each program as well as for developing a generalizeable framework comprised of core components of sustainability across diverse prevention approaches. Based on an examination of grantees supported by these four programs, we are developing a flexible measurement system for sustainability, with both general and specific components that can bring precision to monitoring the structures and processes for sustaining each prevention approach. We will then transform this measurement system into a format that can be used to evaluate and improve the likelihood of program sustainment after federal funding ends.