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Building our evidence base Evidence is crucial to our work, as it helps ensure programmes are effective at protecting children and young people from the harms of drugs and alcohol.
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service is a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention.
The resources we have already produced draw on eight years of work with the Drug Education Forum, which supported local authorities and schools to implement best practice in drug education.
In April 2015, Mentor was granted additional joint government funding to manage the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) and integrate its repository of evidence-based impact studies into Mentor-ADEPIS.
What is evidence? Guidance on the types of evidence based approaches and their characteristics
Many prevention programs are in place but how to select the most effective/with proven evidence behind it? Define and recognise evidence-based. Main features: programme effectiveness has been recognized through evaluations and rigorous studies assessing impact and outcomes Replicability of the programme –outcomes and impacts reproduced across multiple settings- Sustained effects over time Prevention science has been expanding in recent years and it is now used to address practitioners and policymakers when selecting and designing interventions. Drawing on the previous criteria, prevention scientists produced International standards to assess prevention programmes. The above table summarizes interventions and policies that have been found to meet quality standards for good evidence and yield positive results in preventing substance abuse by age of the target group and setting, as well as by level of risk and an indication of efficacy.
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Mentor Quality Standards: Supporting best practice in alcohol and drug education
Mentor Quality Standards:
Supporting Best Practice in
Alcohol and Drug Education
Building our evidence base
Mentor-ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as
the leading source of evidence-based resources
for alcohol and drug education and prevention for
Included in this presentation:
• How to encourage provision of high
quality alcohol and drug education
• Mentor services and tools - overview
• What to look for in an external service
• Further resources
What are some of the levers that
we might use with senior leaders
in schools to encourage
provision of high quality alcohol
and drug education?
Supporting best practice
- Quality Standards
- Quality Assessment Framework
- Quality Mark for Providers
Local Authorities and Public Health Authorities:
- Systemic support and structural review of services
provided by the local authority
Support schools’ self reflection and provide evidence towards:
• Their statutory duties
• ‘Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare’
• Data for Public Health to monitor trends and focus services
• Further development of effective leadership
• Recommendations for wider school improvement
Quality Assessment Framework for schools:
To enable schools to monitor provision for their pupils around risk-taking,
substance misuse and life-skills.
Schools can use this to support:
• further school improvement
• statutory duty to promote wellbeing
• Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDB&W)
What should schools look for,
and expect from, providers of
effective alcohol and drug
Quality Mark for Providers
• Based on the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards
• Assesses various aspects of delivery, including development, needs
assessment, field research and evaluation.
• Quality assurance to schools
• Increased credibility with schools and service users
• Increased credibility with commissioners and funders
• Supports evidence base of what works
• Recognition of current best practice
• Quality Mark holders will be encouraged to review and evaluate
promising interventions with the Centre for Analysis of Youth
Prevention education: cost /
“The Good Behaviour Game costs $156 per pupil,
provides total benefits (i.e. costs saved) of $13,206:
a positive benefit-to-cost ratio of $84.63”
(ACMD report, Prevention of alcohol and drug dependence 2015)
NICE modelling estimates:
“a schools-based alcohol misuse prevention programme that
costs £75 million that resulted in a 1.4% reduction in alcohol
consumption amongst young people would be a cost-
effective public health intervention”
(Nherera L, Jacklin P, 2009, A model to assess the cost-effectiveness of alcohol education developed for NICE public
health guidance on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education)