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Measurements in prevention: A manual on selecting and using instruments to evaluate prevention programs
Karol L. Kumpfer, Gail H. Shur, James G. Ross, Kate K. Bunnell, John J. Librett and Allison R. Millward

This manual helps program planners and evaluators select instruments to evaluate substance abuse prevention programs. The authors discuss the importance of evaluations, present an approach to conceptualizing the project and its intended outcomes, and guide the reader toward which instruments to consider and which to use. Different types of instruments are considered with reference to their cultural appropriateness, how to match them to program participants, types of instruments, and sources of evaluation data. Appendices include worksheets to use when framing evaluation questions and selecting and reviewing available instruments. The manual includes instruments that have either been approved or recommended by CSAP or are frequently used in prevention studies. Instruments appear according to intervention focus, with descriptions and ordering information provided.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Substance Abuse Prevention
Distributed by National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
(800) 729-6686 or (301) 468-2600
TDD: (800) 487-4889
Fax: (301) 468-6433
(1993, CSAP Technical Report No. 8, Inventory No. BK213, 204 pp.; free)





 

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