Applying prevention science to policy and practice around the world
APSI offers technical assistance to people and organizations working on substance use prevention programming to help them bring evidence-based (EB) prevention interventions and policies to their organization or community. EB interventions have been shown to be the most effective after extensive research so they have the potential for positive outcomes when well-implemented. APSI offers guidance in planning, needs and resource assessments, matching needs to EB interventions and policies, implementation guidance, and monitoring and evaluation approaches.
APSI provides advice and consultation on the planning and implementation of evidence-based (EB) prevention programming at the national, state and community level. With planning based on an EB implementation model, APSI helps communities or programs assess their needs and resources and works with them to match those needs to the most effective interventions and policies. APSI also helps them develop monitoring and evaluation approaches to assess their progress after implementation.
As part of our mission to promote the most effective substance use prevention interventions and policies in communities, APSI provides consultation to prevention planners and implementers on designing appropriate methods of monitoring and evaluating (M&E) their programs. Monitoring, or program evaluation, gives practitioners current information on their progress and helps them determine if they need to modify their program activities or approaches. Evaluations provide data from key outcome measures in the short- medium- and long-term. In addition to APSI’s extensive experience with evaluation, the team understands how to communicate the often-complex aspects of M&E from its training experience on UPC.
Prevention is a constantly evolving field: changing social, economic, and political environments require prevention practitioners and systems to stay current with effective practice to prevent risk behaviors. Although the prevention field is multidisciplinary, specific knowledge and skills are required to apply the science of prevention to actual prevention practice. APSI provides training and consultation to increase prevention professionals' and systems' capacity to design, develop, and deliver effective prevention services.
APSI's face-to-face, web-based, and combined training and consultation services are tailored to the professionals and systems motivated to stay current with the latest research in prevention science and evidence based prevention interventions to optimize prevention within their communities. We invite you to visit the Applied Prevention Science International - Education Center (APSI - EC) to learn more about our professional development plans for individuals and organizations.
APSI offers translation services, primarily into Spanish language, for UPC and related materials used for evidence-based substance use prevention training and technical assistance. Given the complexities of substance use concepts, APSI offers special technical knowledge to help explain the content and focus in order to maintain the educational quality of the UPC training materials. In addition, APSI can also review already-translated material to edit and improve its communication value.
APSI develops and presents keynote addresses and educational workshops designed to communicate the significant results of prevention science and their application to prevention practice. Directed primarily to those working in prevention, keynotes depict the nature and extent of substance use according to the latest epidemiological data; and then relate the evidence-based interventions and policies best suited for the problem. Workshops incorporate the science with interactive opportunities for participants to plan and identify evidence-based approaches for actual application to their situation.