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Building an Effective Coalition

Strategies for Community Change

Strategic Prevention Framework

To be an effective agent of change, community coalitions must understand the unique problems and opportunities that exist in their areas, develop a strategic plan, and address the needs.

The Strategic Prevention Framework has five key steps:

  1. Assess needs
  2. Build capacity to address those needs
  3. Plan strategically
  4. Implement an effective program
  5. Evaluate the outcome

Learn more about The Strategic Prevention Framework


Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change

Effective Coalitions follow the “Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change”

  1. Provide Information
  2. Enhance Skills
  3. Provide Support
  4. Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers
  5. Change Consequences
  6. Change Physical Design
  7. Modify/Change Policies

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Evidence-Based Practice Workgroup

Led by Vanderbilt University, the Evidence-Based Practice Workgroup has three goals: 

  • Identify environmental strategies that are effective for preventing alcohol and prescription drug abuse 
  • Identify conditions that promote and/or hinder effective use of evidence-based programs  
  • Provide support to the Division of Substance Abuse Services and community anti-drug coalitions to facilitate implementation of effective strategies

The EBPW has produced a series of nine briefs to support coalitions in their work.  Click the links below to download.