Randomized Trial of a Data-driven Technical Assistance System for Drug Prevention Coalitions

Duration: 2020 - 2025
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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 communities, and promote healthy youth development.

Pennsylvania community anti-drug coalitions who may be interested in receiving technical assistance through this study are encouraged to contact Sarah Chilenski. Additional information is available in this flyer.

Project Team


Invitation to Pennsylvania substance abuse coalitions to increase member engagement and positive impact on youth behavior

This is a special invitation for the chance to receive 3 years of customized support from coalition experts to increase member participation and streamline your work to focus on activities that will have the biggest impact on youth outcomes. Other benefits may include increasing connections to coalition networks and accessing additional relevant resources.