ERIC Number: ED417361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Project SAVE: Evaluation of Pilot Test Results
Bell, Mary Lou; Bliss, Kappie
The long-term goal of Project SAVE (Stop Alcohol Violations Early) is to reduce underage drinking. When a major revision of the program was initiated, the pilot program was evaluated for statistically measurable changes against short-term goals. The results of that evaluation are presented here. Four elements were included in the evaluation design: (1) a randomized experimental-control design with presurvey-postsurveys; (2) post-program evaluations by participants; (3) focus groups with selected participants; and (4) classroom observations by teachers and other school personnel, drug prevention professionals, evaluators, and other Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agents. The results indicate that Project SAVE has a significant impact on participants with regard to critical factors related to alcohol use. The largest changes observed were in students' ability and motivation to resist alcohol. Students' knowledge of legal and physical consequences of alcohol use, as well as students' values, norms, and perceptions of the dangers of alcohol, were also improved. Students gave high ratings to the agents presenting the material and to the curriculum. Comments from student focus groups substantiated their ratings and provided feedback to project development. School personnel and drug prevention specialists expressed a high regard for the program. Recommendations for modifications and long-term evaluation are included. (Contains 11 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Austin.
Note: The program described and the referenced curriculum materials are available only to Texas State residents. A seven-page overview, available at http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/programs/save1.htm, has been appended.