Program Success

A national evaluation conducted in 2019 found that DFC coalitions were successfully building local capacity and engaging in the seven strategies for community change. Most importantly, the evaluation found that coalitions are having a positive impact in their communities.

DFC coalitions:

  • Reported that substance use/misuse declined for youth living in DFC funded communities
  • Significantly increased the number of youth who reported not using substances in the past 30 days

Coalitions most commonly reported fostering protective factors such as pro-social community involvement, positive contributions to peer groups, and positive school climate, among others. They also addressed risk factors, such as perceived acceptability of substance use, availability of substances, and favorable attitudes towards substance use, among others.

Seven Strategies for Community Change

Coalitions Employing Strategy

Seven Strategies for Community Change

1. Providing information

Coalitions Employing Strategy

100%

Seven Strategies for Community Change

2. Enhancing skills

Coalitions Employing Strategy

97%

Seven Strategies for Community Change

3. Providing support

Coalitions Employing Strategy

84%

Seven Strategies for Community Change

4. Enhancing access/reducing barriers to systems and services

Coalitions Employing Strategy

85%

Seven Strategies for Community Change

5. Changing consequences

Coalitions Employing Strategy

66%

Seven Strategies for Community Change

6. Changing physical design

Coalitions Employing Strategy

63%

Seven Strategies for Community Change

7. Educating and informing about modifying and changing policies

Coalitions Employing Strategy

70%

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