Prevention Strategies conducts program evaluations using experimental and quasi-experimental designs, as well as provides consulting, training, and technical assistance to inform program improvement. We can assist with constructing and implementing paper-and-pencil surveys, online surveys, focus group or one-on-one interviews, checklists, rubrics, and monitoring instruments, as well as data entry or analysis and report writing. Our strategy is to apply the methods of collaborative evaluation to build the capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency of programs and organizations.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
A systematic evaluation of both D.A.R.E.’s elementary and middle school programs, as delivered by trained D.A.R.E. Officers.
Goal – to determine effectiveness, submit results for scientific publication, and to the extent we are reasonably able, help D.A.R.E. America qualify keepin’ it REAL as an evidence-based program.
The InSideOut Statewide Initiative seeks to transform the current win-at-all-costs sports culture, where value is often defined by the win-loss record, to a culture that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience that focuses on the intentional development of the educational, social, and emotional well-being of each student athlete.
Evaluate the implementation and impact of the InSideOut Statewide Initiative in school communities across the US, and the degree to which the initiative is accomplishing its goals.
Goal – to investigate the degree to which the initiative aligns school communities to support character-based coaching, establishes support of stakeholders that supports education-based athletics, and prepares and empowers school communities to intentionally provide character growth opportunities for student-athletes. Findings are informing improvement of implementation and determining best practices for replicating the initiative across diverse NFL markets.
The Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training Program works to increase knowledge, understanding, and awareness of helping behaviors; increase motivation for intervention; develop skills and confidence to respond to problems; and ensure the safety and well-being of self and others.
Evaluate the degree to which the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program produces effects under optimal conditions of as it is delivered to teams of student-athletes at college campuses across the US.
Goal – to investigate the degree which the program achieves its goals, the degree to which the program increases observed and actual active bystander behaviors, and contextual factors at the individual and campus level that influence the impact of the program.
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