SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #3: What are the cutting-edge prevention best practices that you would recommend?

Beth DeRicco, Ph.D.

For what populations?  Again, there are some similarities, but some differences as well.  This question forces a focus on the thing (prevention intervention) rather than the process. For me a critical aspect of our work is to focus on evidence informed practice.  The notion of model programs, promising practices etc. allows us to think that we can simply take a program off the shelf, as it was implemented at some other location, and implement that same initiative in our environment, cutting resources as needed depending on our situation.  Evidence informed practice terminology implies a review of evidenced practices and a process to determine how that evidence may inform the practice that you are undertaking in your environment at a given time.  Again, the process is the focus, more so that the content.  Two things that come to the forefront are a focus on pro-health behavior and a reliance on process rather than a sole focus on content-specific prevention approaches.

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2 Responses to SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #3: What are the cutting-edge prevention best practices that you would recommend?

  1. Beth, I don’t disagree with your comments here, I just wonder about how the insightful concept of prevention as a process can be translated onto a campus where the prevention efforts are almost always content-specific, driven by people who have responsibility not for a process but for a topic (alcohol, hazing, sexual violence, etc)? What frameworks would help to transform from a content-specific model to a process-based approach for schools and colleges?

  2. Beth says:

    I think focusing on strategic interventions that use models like media advocacy, marketing, and innovative information gathering (e.g. intercept interviews) is helpful. I also think (as Linda Langford would be quick to point out) that we need to continually highlight that both strategic interventions, which get us to prevention outcomes, as well as tactics, which are vehicles to move our efforts forward, are critical. Vehicles like coalition and task force development, community mobilization and the like are examples of tactics with a strong process orientation.

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