Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) was established in 2013 to collaborate with prevention leadership in research, policy and practice to bring evidence-based prevention to communities. The goals are to help prevention practitioners to implement and sustain evidence-based (EB) prevention interventions and policies in their communities. In addition, APSI provides consultation on the development of epidemiological surveillance systems and evaluation approaches to ensure high quality implementation. In this way, APSI hopes to expand the availability of effective and efficient prevention services in communities in the U.S. and around the world. APSI works collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of select national and international professionals and experts in prevention research and practice to achieve these goals.
APSI leadership has been engaged in the challenge of communicating the outcomes of research to inform policy and practice since the early 1990’s. Dr. Sloboda, APSI President, was a founding member of both the U.S. and the EU Societies for Prevention Research in 1991 and 2010, respectively, which helped to form the evolving field of prevention science. APSI leadership has consulted on the development of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) International Standards on Drug Use Prevention, which summarizes the principles and strategies of EB prevention interventions for substance use (2013; 2018).
Around the same time, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction published the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards that articulated the competencies required to effectively deliver EB interventions. With these newly available resources, Dr. Sloboda and the APSI team coordinated the development of the Universal Prevention Curriculum Series (UPC) with funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State. The UPC provides prevention professionals with the latest knowledge, skills, and competencies for implementing multiple EB prevention interventions and policies within their communities. Over the past three years, APSI has updated the UPC content and has developed tools for training Master Trainers and has designed other formats of the UPC materials to meet the varied needs of professionals with strong interests in prevention.
In the past 5 years, APSI has been actively engaged in developing prevention systems and training prevention professionals in Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean. APSI is currently working in collaboration with the states of Utah, Ohio, and Colorado on prevention systems planning and implementation.