|Other author/creator||Hawkins, J. David, author.|
|Other author/creator||Catalano, Richard F., author.|
|Other author/creator||Farrington, David P., author.|
|Other author/creator||Cullen, Francis T., writer of foreword.|
||Foreword / Francis T. Cullen -- Section One: Overview of the communities that care system : theoretical basis, development, evaluation, and comparison to other community-based preventive interventions -- Community-based prevention of youth behavioral health problems -- Theoretical perspectives guiding the development and evaluation of CTC -- The development and evaluation of CTC -- Section Two: Implementing CTC and similar community-based preventive interventions -- The importance of readiness and high-functioning coalitions in community-based prevention -- Improving community capacity to conduct comprehensive prevention needs assessments -- Increasing the use of evidence-based interventions to reduce youth behavioral health problems -- Ensuring high quality implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions and coalitions -- Section Three: Evaluating CTC -- Findings from the community youth development study -- A state-wide effectiveness trial of CTC in Pennsylvania -- Section Four: Moving forward: what is needed to successfully implement CTC and other community-based prevention systems? -- The future of CTC and community-based prevention.
||Scholars and policymakers increasingly call for evidence-based, prevention-oriented, and community-driven approaches to improve public health and reduce youth crime, substance use, and related problems. However, few functional models exist. In 'Communities that Care', four leading experts on prevention describe one such system to illustrate how communities effectively engage in prevention activities. Communities That Care (CTC) is a coalition-based prevention system implemented successfully in dozens of communities across the world that promotes healthy development and reduces crime rates for youth. Drawing on literature from criminology, community psychology, and prevention science this book describes the conditions and actions necessary for effective community-based prevention. The authors illustrate how effective community-based prevention can be undertaken by describing how the CTC prevention system has been developed, implemented, evaluated, and disseminated across the U.S. and internationally. Communities that Care shares invaluable lessons about the implementation and evaluation of community-level interventions and establishes a set of best practices for anyone seeking to engage in and/or evaluate effective prevention efforts.
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and index.|