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Measuring Community Indicators

Measuring Community Indicators
A Systems Approach to Drug and Alcohol Problems

November 1996 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How do communities go about measuring the effectiveness of their drug and alcohol abuse programmes? This useful volume provides communities and researchers with the necessary analytic and practical tools for assessing their programmes. The authors begin with a presentation of how to collect community indicator data, arguing that while highly aggregated national data perform a number of important research and policy functions, such data are distinct from community indicator data and of questionable use to local policy-oriented officials. Next, they present a theoretical perspective, developed from community systems theory, as a basis for the practical strategies outlined in the book. They then cover topics such as: different community indicators; the role of community surveys in filling the gaps in available `official statistics'; and specific techniques for the primary collection of community indicator data.
Why Community Indicators?
Community Indicators from a Systems Perspective
Systems Models and Society
Substance Use-Abuse Indicators
Community Indicators and Survey Data
Methods for the Acquisition of Indicator Data

Paul J. Gruenewald

Dr. Paul J. Gruenewald has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, since 1987. His research interests focus upon studies of the social, economic and physical availability of alcohol, alcohol use and alcohol-related problems. Additional foci of his work include mathematical and statistical models of alcohol use and related problems, the development of evaluation methodologies appropriate to community-based evaluations of preventive interventions, and the environmental prevention of violence. Dr. Gruenewald is currently Scientific Director of Prevention Research... More About Author

Andrew J. Treno

Andrew J. Treno received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He has been at the Prevention Research Center for over 10 years. His primary area of interest is alcohol problem prevention and evaluation. He has published in the areas of community mobilization, alcohol involvement in injury, and evaluation of environmental approaches to the prevention of alcohol-related problems. He currently serves as Project Director for the Sacramento Neighborhood alcohol Prevention Project (SNAPP). In that capacity he has given numerous community presentations on the project and has successfully obtained CSAP... More About Author

Gail Armstrong Taff

Michael Klitzner

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