PI: JANEY MCMILLEN
TERM: 09/13 – 08/14
Over the past several decades, a large number of evidence-based prevention initiatives for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use have been rigorously tested and shown to be efficacious. However, despite availability, evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for prevention of ATOD use are rarely adopted in everyday practice within school and community service settings. Further, even when adopted, these EBIs are seldom implemented with strong adherence to the original design and often fail to be sustained over time. A growing body of literature demonstrates how implementation quality is directly related to the likelihood an EBI will be embedded into everyday practice, as well as the likelihood that the EBI achieves its intended treatment outcomes. The most effective EBI will not produce positive results if it is not implemented with quality and sustained within its “real-world” service setting. NIDA’s Strategic Plan specifically identifies the need for effective methods to help close the gap between development of evidence-based prevention initiatives and their adoption and long-term sustainability in school and community service settings.
The goal of this Phase I SBIR project is to test the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of incorporating ATOD EBIs into a web-based tool (Centervention) currently designed to support dissemination and quality implementation of mental health EBIs for youth within school settings. This flexible technology infrastructure offers a suite of customizable online tools and services, including cost-efficient, high quality training and supervision resources, ongoing implementation assistance for intervention providers, adherence monitoring, and outcomes tracking that might be applicable to ATOD EBIs within school and community service settings. The content and user interface for the proposed ATOD EBI Centervention tool will be unique and built to accommodate the specific needs of ATOD EBIs. However, this project will benefit from 3C’s considerable technological experience. Such a large endeavor as that proposed for this SBIR would not be possible without availability of 3C’s flexible, reusable software platform.