Addressing Family-Focused Prevention Implementation Issues Through Partnership-Based Prevention Trials

Richard Spoth, Iowa State University
Cleve Redmond, Iowa State University

Among the family and youth interventions that have significant empirical support is a universal intervention called the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14). Like other universal interventions, this program offers a number of potential advantages in achieving public health impact. Despite the potential of programs like the SFP 10-14, a number of critical implementation-related issues must be addressed if a significant public health impact is to be accomplished. Central among these issues are those concerning effective community-university collaboration in large-scale program implementation. This presentation will summarize a program of prevention trials evaluating SFP 10-14 and other universal youth and family competency training interventions--trials that are guided by community-university partnerships. It will highlight how prevention research project trials can be used for further investigation of implementation issues. Following an overview of the community-university partnership project, findings concerning several implementation issues will be summarized, including: effectively recruiting and retaining families and schools, sustaining uniformly high levels of adherence to intervention protocols, examining implementation outcome relationships, and conducting economic analyses of implementation. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the importance of investigating models for sustainable, quality implementation through community-university partnerships embedded in existing prevention program delivery systems.

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Updated 05/20/2006