Quality in addiction prevention programmes
To provide guidelines, tools, knowledge and recommendations for evaluating the quality of drug and behavioural prevention programmes, with guarantees and based on standards. To demonstrate that the prevention actions carried out produce results and have a preventive impact on the target groups.
“Prevention” is one of the first topics mentioned in the public debate on drugs and behavioural addictions, but the evidence on what works and what does not in prevention practice is often overlooked. There are many studies that show that most prevention interventions are not implemented according to quality standards, either because of a lack of resources or support for effective and evidence-based interventions, because of a quality gap in the education and training of prevention professionals, or because of a weak tradition or culture of evaluation in the field of prevention, among others. Without evaluation, it is not possible, for example, to determine which programmes and interventions are effective and/or have a positive and significant impact on prevention, so that professionals can make the necessary changes to improve their effectiveness in the light of the data obtained through evaluation.
To respond to this situation, the Practical Guide to the Quality of Drug and Behavioural Addiction Prevention Programmes has been developed, based on the quality standards of the Quality Support System in Drug and Behavioural Addiction Prevention, which is part of the General Directorate of Addictions, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Viral Hepatitis of the Public Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The guide aims to be a tool that responds to the need to improve the planning, development and implementation of prevention programmes based on evidence, through a system for evaluating the quality of these programmes and the materials that result from them, in order to certify that the preventive actions that have been implemented have achieved preventive results and have had an impact on the target groups to which they are addressed. In particular, the Guide aims to promote
Behavioural addictions; Evaluation; Drugs; Prevention; Preventive interventions; Quality standards.