communities have programs that they believe work, though there
is seldom any local data to support those beliefs (and
for perfectly valid reasons). To make matters more complicated,
there is little
ready access to scientific research articles for the layperson.On
the other hand researchers work to identify principles,
that meet scientific rigor, yet they too, are isolated from the
communities where the actual practice of prevention is being implemented.
Southwest CAPT supports and encourages the exchange of knowledge
between researchers and practitioners in substance abuse prevention.
We subscribe to a Logic Model
that is inclusive of the entire community through advancing local
community coalitions (teams). These local coalitions have the
greatest opportunity to achieve successful, sustainable, and positive
change in community norms around substance abuse. Their success
lies in working the process of prevention and incorporating promising
and effective Principles, Practices, Policy, and Programs.
Logic Model is a simple formula that helps groups to . . .
consider current and future behaviors and condition
underlying conditions and attributes that contribute to
scientifically supported principles, practices, policies,
and programs to determine fit with the identified behaviors
and conditions in the community
goals, objectives, strategies and evaluation measures
within the context of a practical, sensible structure
in between research and practice - it all comes together. It is
not that one is more important than the other - it is important
for both to be as closely interwoven as possible. In this
way, communities can create and document actions taken toward
reducing substance abuse, thereby, allowing for small, intentional
course corrections along the way and to be more certain that the
actions taken are creating the desired results. As a bonus, the
documentation serves to provide others (including researchers)
with data to identify successful prevention, principles, practices,
policy, and programs.
CSAP's Southwest CAPT has explored a number of practical
prevention implementation tools to help groups integrate science
with local prevention efforts. Practitioners have praised the
Logic Model for
its simplicity and adaptability.