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

Linda Langford, Sc.D.

One of the most important practices that campus practitioners can adopt is to conduct a campus-specific assessment in order to describe the problem, its contributors and what is already in place to address it. This assessment is the first step in creating a strategic plan that is tailored to local campus circumstances. Based on the assessment, the planning team can then consider specific prevention approaches such as bystander intervention, responsible beverage service, norms correction, policy revision and other approaches, and assess whether these efforts (1) address a key part of the local problem; (2) complement existing efforts; and (3) are feasible given current resources. For each specific intervention chosen, it is important to follow any best practices that exist for that type of effort.

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

  1. Linda, one question I have for you is how important accurate assessment of campus norms is to the process of making a campus-specific assessment? We know we have a problem, we assume its causes or contributors, but if we don’t know the actual campus norms, is there a chance the assumptions we’re making about the causal or contributing factors are merely anecdotal and less accurate than an assessment of norms would be?

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