ERIC Number: ED381700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-13
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Cooperative Emergency Substance Abuse Prevention Training Program, 1991-1992. OER Report.
Weich, Leah; Philip, Radhika
The 1991-1992 Cooperative Emergency Substance Abuse Prevention Program was the first year of a two-year program in Community School District 3 in New York City. The overall objectives of the program were to provide staff training in the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out substance abuse prevention education, to make available to students comprehensive substance abuse prevention services, and to involve parents and the community in preventative efforts. The evaluation of the program found that the primary means of achieving program goals were through workshops and training programs. The total participants far exceeded program goals: 4,985 students, 1,120 staff members, and 2,212 parents were served. Program content was appropriate to program objectives. All participants attended workshops that provided information on substance abuse and related social, health, and developmental issues. Students were provided with enriched in-class and after-school instruction. In general, workshop activities were highly rated on evaluation forms. However, criterion-based assessment measures that were outlined in the proposal were not utilized. The evaluation resulted in recommendations for improving the second year of the program implementation including: (1) information should be provided on the extent to which the services of community providers are being utilized by students, staff, and parents; (2) pre- and post-criterion referenced tests should be administered; (3) greater emphasis should be placed on the social, political, and economic bases of drug abuse; (4) staff trainees should be observed in order to assess the success of training in applied situations; (5) staff development training attendance sheets should have a space designated for participants' job titles; and (6) District staff should provide technical assistance to school staff so that the information from workshops can be readily applied in concrete situations. Appendices include summaries of program outcomes and participant responses to the workshops. (JE)
Descriptors: Alcohol Education, Demonstration Programs, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Elementary Education, Health Education, Prevention, Program Evaluation, Substance Abuse, Urban Education
Research Unit Manager, OER, New York City Public Schools, 110 Livingston St., Rm. 507, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.