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Prevention That Works!

Prevention That Works!
A Guide For Developing School-Based Drug and Violence Prevention Programs

June 2001 | 240 pages | Corwin
Despite the growing availability of information on effective drug and violence prevention programmes, schools continue to use programmes that have not been proven effective. Some are using model programmes, but have changed the content or design enough so that the features that made them effective are gone. Or worse, they continue to use programmes that have been proven ineffective simply because that is what is easiest, or most familiar.

The school shootings over the last few years are solid reminders that schools can no longer do just anything and call it adequate prevention. It is more critical than ever to learn from the examination of previous prevention efforts and not make the same mistakes a second time in this new arena of violence prevention.

Getting Started
Establishing Your Work Group  
Writing Goals and Objectives
Program Review, Selection, and Implementation
Creating Homegrown Programs
Elements of Effective Prevention  
Additional Data Collection
Preparing for Assessment of Program Effectiveness  
Self-Report Questionnaires and Focus Groups
Collecting Information From Students  
Cost and Time Effectiveness
Experimental Design - The Basics
Experimental Designs for Different Program Types
Crunching Your Numbers and Organizing Your Data
Public Presentation of Your Results
Troubleshooting Your Results

"Knowles does a fine job of reaching her goal of providing a practical and accessible book for the practitioner charged with selecting, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs in two problem areas that dramatically affect the health of our children."

Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books, April 2003

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Chapter 1: Getting Started

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Cynthia R. Knowles

Cynthia R. Knowles works nationally helping schools, agencies, and businesses maximize the effectiveness of their prevention programs through student and employee training, curriculum review, data analysis, awareness education, and program evaluation. She works as the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Livonia Central School, Livonia, New York; as a lecturer at the State University of New York at Geneseo; as a supervisor of student teachers in health education at the State University of New York at Cortland; and as a professional ski instructor. Previously she has been the Director of Rehabilitation for a 135-bed homeless shelter, a... More About Author

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