The Global Initiative on primary prevention of substance abuse
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Good Practices

Good practices on monitoring and evaluating substance abuse prevention among youth

On this page, we take a look at the third process of identification of good practices, which we undertook under the Global Initiative on Primary Prevention. Documentation is also available on the first two processes, which focused on using local situation assessments to plan prevention activities and on using alternative activities to prevent substance abuse, respectively.

The process of identifying these good practices was a little bit different because, this time, we actually undertook the activity together with the Global Youth Network. Before our experience-sharing meetings, we enlisted the support of Mr. Richard Ives, of the UK-based consultancy educari. He did a literature review for us and produced a draft 'how to' guide on monitoring and evaluating youth drug abuse prevention programmes.

This draft was discussed at the 'Theme Meeting on Evaluation and Monitoring' in Vienna, Austria, from 30 June to 4 July 2003. There were representatives from 11 members of the Global Youth Network from around the world, one of which was also a local partner in the Global Initiative.

Local partners of the Global Initiative also had the opportunity to reflect and further discuss how to monitor and evaluate the prevention activities they have implemented with the financial and technical support of the project. As always, we started with a self-evaluation instrument, which we translated and sent to all our local partners to work on. The purpose of the instrument was to help our local partners to look back on their experiences in monitoring and evaluating their activities.

In the meantime, we started organizing the experience-sharing meetings. Our local partners and facilitators were quite experienced in this kind of process by now, so they organized the programme of the meetings. In the Philippines, each local partner was also represented by a young person who had been working in the project. Obviously, the method was still very similar to the one we used so successfully in the past to identify good practices, but the work in these meetings was organized around the same five issues:

  • a general discussion on monitoring and evaluation,
  • how to monitor,
  • which indicators to use,
  • how to involve young people, and,
  • how to use the results of monitoring and evaluation.

The experiences of our local partners, as documented in the self-evaluation instrument and in the discussions in the meetings, will be included in the final 'how to' guide on monitoring and evaluating youth drug abuse prevention programmes. In the meantime, you might be interested in the good practice statements developed in the meetings in the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, South Africa (which included representatives of our local partners in South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia), and Russia (where all of our local partners from Belarus and the Russian Federation participated).

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