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Communities that CareBuilding Community Engagement and Capacity to Prevent Youth Behavior Problems$
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Abigail A. Fagan, J. David Hawkins, David P. Farrington, and Richard F. Catalano

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190299217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190299217.001.0001

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Improving Community Capacity to Conduct Comprehensive Prevention Needs Assessments

Improving Community Capacity to Conduct Comprehensive Prevention Needs Assessments

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Communities that Care

Abigail A. Fagan

J. David Hawkins

Richard F. Catalano

David P. Farrington

Oxford University Press

Prevention science emphasizes the need for data-driven prevention, but communities often face significant challenges in determining how to collect and analyze data to inform their prevention efforts. Based on the guidance provided to community coalitions in the CTC system, this chapter describes the ways that communities can gather and assess data on risk and protective factors and behavioral health problems experienced by local youth. The advantages and disadvantages of using archival and self-reported data are compared and the benefits of conducting the CTC Youth Survey with middle and high school students are highlighted. Methods for analyzing these data and creating community consensus on the prioritized risk and protective factors that should be targeted by EBIs are also discussed.

Keywords:   archival data, CTC Youth Survey, needs assessment, protective factor, risk factor

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