ERIC Number: ED368061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Developing a Community Profile: A Handbook for Using Pre-Existing Data in Prevention Planning. Second Edition.
Gabriel, Roy M.; And Others
This manual is for citizens working to develop drug prevention programs for their communities using preexisting data and consists of three sections. Part 1 asserts the need to assemble a community profile. The purpose for the data gathering activity must be clearly articulated. In part 2 the steps in assembling a package of community indicators are presented, each accompanied by an illustration from the Regional Drug Initiative in Portland, Oregon. Assembling a package of drug abuse impact indicators consists of eight steps: (1) "brainstorm" a list of possible indicators; (2) round out the field; (3) find available data; (4) screen indicators according to availability; (5) look for regional and national comparisons; (6) reconsider the list; (7) identify the best indicators; and (8) choose the best approximations. The ability to assess the reliability and validity of indicators is important in creating an effective drug prevention program; ways of effectively assessing these two qualities of indicators. Finally, part 3 suggests guidelines for using the information. The report should be simple and direct, and the time of releasing it to the public is important in achieving maximum exposure. This second edition contains updated charts and bibliographic material from the first edition. (KDP)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities, Portland, OR.