Education Development Center, Inc.ís (EDC) Northeast Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies will build on its existing collaboration with CSAP and 11 SIG and non-SIG states in the northeast region to continue to support the implementation of science-based prevention programs. Over three years we have deepened the knowledge of and transferred skills to diverse audiences at both the state and local levels. We have delivered 87 trainings, meetings, workshops, and conferences, or an average of 2.9 per month; approximately 3,097 people attended. By providing trainings, conference presentations, technical assistance, and supporting materials; establishing networks for collaboration; and using technology to increase accessibility to information and services across the region, we have expanded both state and local prevention capacity.
Now we propose to focus our work on the critical next stages of capacity building. We have six objectives for the next three years:
1. Increase state and local understanding of science-based substance abuse prevention.
2. Increase state and local capacity to apply science-based substance abuse prevention.
3. Increase state and local capacity to apply technology to prevention services.
4. Strengthen the development of state and regional prevention systems.
5. Strengthen the National Prevention System (NPS).
6. Contribute to the ongoing development of a National CAPT System.
To encourage and support a comprehensive and science-based approach to substance abuse prevention, our approach combines innovative uses of conventional face-to-face training, technical assistance, and electronic methods (including our website, three incorporated Web-based databases, nine electronic mailing lists, and a proposed online course). By building on the strong relationships established throughout the region and heeding advice of our regional Advisory Board (who contributed to the scope of work proposed), we anticipate achieving these outcomes: more widespread implementation of programs proven to be effective, increased capacity to use technology for prevention, enhancement of state prevention systems and thus their capacity to deliver science-based prevention, and productive and ongoing interactions with two major national efforts (e.g., NPS and DSS) that can at once strengthen the region and contribute to national efforts to prevent substance abuse.