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SAMHSA’s CAPT Announces Service to Science Awards to Build Capacity for Prevention Evaluation

On behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is pleased to announce the award of 22 subcontracts to community-based organizations interested in evaluating their substance abuse prevention programs with greater rigor. The subcontracts were awarded through SAMHSA’s Service to Science Initiative’s 2011-12 Request for Proposals on Building Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-Based Interventions via a competitive proposal solicitation and review process.

All organizations receiving subcontracts were previous participants in SAMHSA’s Service to Science, a national technical assistance initiative implemented by the CAPT and dedicated to expanding the range or types of locally-developed prevention programs that can demonstrate evidence of effectiveness. The initiative aims to increase the pool of innovative programs available to address unique local needs and cultural contexts.

Through the provision of subcontracts, the Service to Science initiative provides selected organizations with a one-year, fixed price award that they will use to strengthen the evaluation of their innovative prevention programs.  With subcontract dollars, organizations might, for example, develop more sensitive data collection instruments, document implementation of program activities, train project staff in data collection procedures, add a comparison group to their evaluation study, and/or conduct appropriate data analyses. By enhancing their evaluation capacity, community-based organizations can demonstrate more credible evidence of effectiveness—which helps them build a stronger case for, or identify needed improvements to, their prevention programming.

Since 2005, SAMHSA has awarded Service to Science subcontracts to more than 170 programs. Subcontract winners for 2012-13 include the following organizations and programs:

Program Name Location
Columbia River Mental Health Services (4Results Mentoring) Vancouver, WA
Association of Village Pride Leadership Development (AVPride) Fayetteville, GA
Palau Bureau of Public Health (DeWill 2 Live) Koror, PW
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Discovering Our Story) Portland, OR
Spurwink Services (Diversion to Assets) Augusta, ME
Connecticut Department of Children and Families (Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services) Hartford, CT
Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (Focus on Consequences for Adolescents) Buffalo, NY
The Suquamish Tribe (Healthy and Whole) Suquamish, WA
City of Medford (I’m Allergic to Stupid Decisions) Medford, MA
University of Oregon (Ichishkiin Culture and Language as Protective Factors) Eugene, OR
Bluegrass Prevention Center (Kentucky Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Enhancement Site) Lexington, KY
Catholic Social Services (Lakota Circles of Hope) Rapid City, SD
Maehnowesekivah Wellness Center (Prevention Program) Gresham, WI
Majuro Cooperative School (Substance Abuse Prevention Program) Majuro, MH
Helping Services for Northeast Iowa, Inc. (Mentoring Programs) Dubuque, IA
Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition (Peer Educators Program) Jackson, MS
Mustangs and MOHR, Inc. (Native American Therapeutic Horsemanship Program) Dallas, OR
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee (Nurses for Newborns) Nashville, TN
PACT Kaneohe Community Family Center Kaneohe, HI
Art from Ashes, Inc. (Phoenix Rising Poetry and Spoken Word Program) Denver, CO
Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, Inc. (Red Ribbon Certification Program) Miami, FL
Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition (Safe Workplaces) Carlsbad, NM

For more information about SAMHSA’s Service to Science initiative and or the Service to Science subcontracts, contact Kim Dash, Chief of Service to Science.


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