Randomized Trial of a Data-driven Technical Assistance System for Drug Prevention Coalitions (Coalition CheckUp)

Duration: 2020 - 2025
Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Sarah Chilenski
Principal Investigator: Louis Brown
Partners: University of Texas School of Public Health

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Led by Sarah Chilenski (Penn State) and Louis Brown (University of Texas), this 5-year project will study the effectiveness of the Coalition Check-Up technical assistance system for supporting community coalition implementation of evidence-based drug prevention programs. Aims of the study are to:

  • Estimate the impact of the Coalition Check-Up on coalition capacity
  • Estimate the impact of the Coalition Check-Up on implementation of evidence-based programs
  • Estimate the impact of the Coalition Check-Up on youth substance use

Advancement of the Coalition Check-Up evidence base will encourage model usage as a low-cost and generalizable approach for supporting coalitions to achieve community-wide reductions in youth substance abuse. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase coalition member engagement, bring additional resources to Pennsylvania and Missouri communities, and promote healthy youth development.

Questions? Contact Sarah Chilenski

Project Team