Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)


SPF Model


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SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) includes 5 steps which are:

1. Assessment- Assessing our population needs, including levels of substance abuse and related problems, available resources to support prevention efforts and community readiness to address the identifed prevention problem or needs.

2. Build Capacity- Communities must have the capacity which is, the resources and readiness--to support the prevention programs and practices what they choose to address the identified substance abuse problems. Building capacity means taking a close look at the assessment data, finding the gaps  and developing an action plan to address those gaps.

3. Planning- This will increase the effectiveness of our prevention efforts by focusing energy and ensuring that our staff and other stakeholders are working towards the same goal.

4. Implementation- This is where we put forth our program that we planned for.

5. Evaluation- Is thesystematic collection and analysis of information about program activites and outcomes to reduce uncertainty, improve effectiveness and make decisions. This will help us become more skillfull and excat in describing what we do, monitor what we are doing and make improvements as needed.



Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract. Reference #HHSS277200800004C. For training and/or technical assistance purposes only.



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