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close this bookDrug Education: Programmes and Methodology - An Overview of Opportunities for Drug Prevention (EC - UNESCO, 1995, 41 p.)
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View the documentIntroduction
close this folderI. Drug Abuse Prevention Strategies
View the documentSupply reduction or demand reduction?
View the documentDilemmas of drug prevention
close this folderII. The planning process of drug education
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View the documentDrug abuse assessment
View the documentDeveloping prevention goals and objectives
View the documentIdentification of resources
View the documentDetermining the content and selecting methods of the prevention programme
View the documentImplementation
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View the documentProgrammes, target groups and intermediaries
close this folderIII. Methods and techniques of drug education
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View the documentDrug Education and Mass Media
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close this folderDrug Education utilizing group methods and techniques
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View the documentKnowledge and drug information model
View the documentAffective education model
View the documentSocial influence model
View the documentLife skills model of drug education
close this folderIV. Drug Prevention in some European Countries: A Review of Policies and Programmes
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View the documentUnited Kingdom
View the documentThe Netherlands
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close this folderV. Effectiveness of Drug Education
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View the documentEvaluation of Mass Media Drug Education
View the documentEvaluation of Drug Education through Group Methods
View the documentVI. Conclusion and suggestions for Model Programmes of Drug Education


There are several reasons to include an evaluation at the end of a prevention programme First, curiosity of those involved in the programme as to how successful their programme has been. Second, funding resources usually require some form of assessment in order to determine whether their money has been wisely invested. Third, and perhaps most important, an objective evaluation is the only credible method available to determine the effectiveness of preventive activities and programmes.

There are two kinds of evaluation: process evaluation and effect - or outcome evaluation. The central question in process evaluation is: did we accomplish our goals? Why or why not? Has the prevention programme been carried out in the way we intended and planned? Have resources been utilized as initially planned? Have we used the funds appropriately? Was the target group satisfied with the way the prevention programme was carried out? What has been the opinion of the community (local council, key-persons, the media, etc).

The second kind of evaluation deals with the effects of the prevention programme. Whilst, it is not always possible to determine or measure the intended effects or outcomes of prevention efforts, attempts should be made to discover if there is any evidence of reduction of drug use or drug problems in the community, or whether the community is more aware or better informed about drug use and drug problems.