News Archive - 2012

Blueprints Conference 2012 - Presentations
Presentations from the 2012 Blueprints Conference are now available online. New material will continue to be added as it is received so check back periodically. 

Knowing which policies provide the best financial return is a powerful tool for lawmakers
Article from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) discusses putting the cost-benefit analysis into practice.

MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards Program 2012
MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering for the eleventh year to recognize, sustain and share the work of innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and community revitalization. Grants will be awarded in two categories: Neighborhood Revitalization Awards and Special Strategy Awards. The submission deadline for 2012 applications is March 11, 2012 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Children's Trust Fund - Funding Announcement RFA #1-12
Pennsylvania's Children's Trust Fund (CTF) is dedicated to funding community-based programs to address the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. The 2012 Request for Application (RFA #1-12) is expected to be issued March 20, 2012. Please contact Carrie Collins, Family Support Program manager, at ccollins@pa.gov to be added to the electronic mailing list. 

“Communicating Program Impact - The Essentials”- April 24, 2012 at the Penn Stater Conference Center
Communicating program impact to your community can be challenging.  Want to develop skills to more effectively share data/outcomes with key stakeholders? This training will be designed to give you new ideas and skills for communicating your program implementation data/outcomes to your community and key stakeholders. 

Hard hitting prevention campaign targets parents
The US non-profit Partnership at Drugfree.org has launched a strong public service campaign to encourage parents to intervene more actively in their child's potential substance abuse. One of the two 30-second TV ads shows a parent in denial. The other ad shows a parent trying too hard to be a 'buddy' to their child and the child's friends. The campaign includes a Facebook app.

Smoking prevention bring big savings
Research from the George Washington University found that tobacco cessation programmes resulted in substantial reductions in Medicare costs. The average saving ratio found was $3.12 for every $1 spent on prevention. 'Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States,' said Leighton Ku, Ph.D., professor of Health Policy at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services. 'Investments in comprehensive tobacco cessation services in Medicaid can improve the health of patients, as well as save money for states and the federal government.' The research was supported by Partnership For Prevention

Evidence for effectiveness of interventions
This paper for The Lancet from an international team of researchers aims to help and inform policy makers. The paper reviews relevant evidence and outlines the effects of many different types of intervention. Of particular interest is their assessment of prevention programmes. Whilst finding no evidence to support the effectiveness of didactic interventions such as the popular US 'DARE'programme, some family-based and classroom interventions did reduce substance misuse by developing behavioural and social skills. Three examples are the Strengthening Families Programme for 10–14 year olds and their parents, social or life skills training, and the Good Behaviour Game.

Personal communication beats scary pictures in prevention strategies
Study reinforces the particular strength of effective personal communication in prevention strategies. Two groups of regular smokers participated in a year long cessation programme, but only half were screened then shown pictures of plaque build up in their cartoid artery. The difference in quit rates was 24/9% and 22.1%, so using the worrying pictures made no significant difference.

Does 'motivational interviewing' prevent substance abuse?
Recent meta analysis of motivational interviewing concluded that the technique is the leading evidence-based approach for young people not in treatment, even if delivered briefly and by non-specialist staff. Some results were not statistically significant and Mike raises doubts as to whether the motivational nature of the interventions was always the key active ingredient. The overall approach remains valuable, however, particularly using the skill of reflective listening, "to 'play back' to the client an elaborated version of their own comments".

Outcomes & Effective Practices Portal (OEPP) is renamed PerformWell
The Outcomes and Effective Practices Portal (OEPP) is a collaborative effort initiated by Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions.  The OEPP provides practical knowledge that nonprofit professionals can use to manage their day-to-day performance.  Information in the OEPP leverages research-based findings that have been synthesized and simplified by experts in the field.  By providing information about program outcomes, effective practices, performance indicators and measurement tools to gauge performance, the OEPP helps nonprofit practitioners to deliver more effective social programs

CTC Mobilizer Job Description 
The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is conducting a five-year experimental study to examine the effects of Communities That Care® (CTC) prevention operating system on community prevention services and on levels and trends in risk, protection, drug use, violence and antisocial behavior among adolescents in grades 4 through 12. The project will hire one Community Coordinator for each of the 12 intervention sites located in the 7 participating states.

Drug-free Action Alliance Big Bowl Vote 2012
Through research, we know that the more youth are exposed to alcohol in advertising, the more likely they are to consume alcohol underage. Through a simple, two-question, student questionnaire given Monday morning following the Super Bowl, middle and high school students share their impressions on what advertisements they remember seeing and which commercial was their favorite.

Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.