Delaware’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)

Steven S. Martin, Lead Evaluator
Roberta Gealt, SEOW Coordinator

Initiated: July 1, 2009

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Project Summary:

The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) program is an infrastructure grant program built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention. SPF SIGs provide funding to states, tribes, and territories, to do the following: (1) prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse (2) reduce substance abuse-related problems in communities and (3) build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community levels.

The Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies helped the State secure the grant and subsequently carries out the independent evaluation of the Delaware SPF SIG. This includes conducting the ongoing activities of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, the Delaware Drug and Alcohol Tracking Alliance (DDATA). CDAS also works in a participatory and collaborative process with the Delaware SPF SIG Management Team to jointly design reports that are needed at the community, State, and Federal levels to support project operations. The Evaluation Team implements the necessary data elements to help establish effective program implementation and program outcomes related to Delaware’s priority of preventing the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking.

The overall role of the CDAS Evaluation Team is to develop and implement a community and statewide level evaluation system for the SPF SIG initiative that can assist in the implementation of policies and programs and measure changes in alcohol related consumption and consequences that can be attributed to Delaware SPF SIG efforts. A second, but equally important goal, of the Evaluation Team is to increase community capacity to address substance abuse problems to those communities.