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Using Impact Studies to Determine Substance Prevention Strategies
Fri 30 June 2017, 12:30 – 16:30 BST
Who should attend this seminar?
Any practitioner and commissioner working in drug and alcohol education and early intervention. The seminar will be especially useful for:
public health leaders who will hold responsibility for commissioning services
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
wider local authority commissioners
and voluntary and independent sector organisations
Choosing the right prevention and early intervention programme is important when it comes to young people and children and evidence helps to establish what types of programmes are most effective and which will have a positive impact on the lives of beneficiaries. In order to decide which option is best it is necessary to have access to adequate information, particularly about how the programme performs. This needs to be data that is reliable and trustworthy.
Evidence is important because it helps assess the impact and effectiveness of our work and through it we can learn and improve practice, increasing the value of our work for funders, commissioners, researchers and, most importantly, for the young people and the families we support.
Evidence-based practice integrates professional research and experience to achieve the best outcome for individuals and keeps practitoners updated about important advances in the field of substance misuse by selecting from the research available which results are most likely to be both true and useful.
This workshop is designed to enable you to gain knowledge and skills to confidently and competently evaluate the evidence for substance use prevention and early intervention. Following the seminar you will be equipped with the skills to make informed decisions about the best programmes to use based on knowledge that is backed by research. Instead of recommending treatments based on personal preferences participants will know how to rely on quality research to decide what works and what does not work. Participants will understand what to expect of a prevention programme in terms of effectiveness, outcomes and value for money.
At the end of the day participants will know how to access and use the ADEPIS CAYT database, a tool to help providers make informed decisions about effective programmes and which practices are most appropriate in which circumstances and for which individuals.