Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 301–316

Partnerships for the Design, Conduct, and Analysis of Effectiveness, and Implementation Research: Experiences of the Prevention Science and Methodology Group

  • C. Hendricks Brown
  • Sheppard G. Kellam
  • Sheila Kaupert
  • Bengt O. Muthén
  • Wei Wang
  • Linda K. Muthén
  • Patricia Chamberlain
  • Craig L. PoVey
  • Rick Cady
  • Thomas W. Valente
  • Mitsunori Ogihara
  • Guillermo J. Prado
  • Hilda M. Pantin
  • Carlos G. Gallo
  • José Szapocznik
  • Sara J. Czaja
  • John W. McManus
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-011-0387-3

Cite this article as:
Brown, C.H., Kellam, S.G., Kaupert, S. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2012) 39: 301. doi:10.1007/s10488-011-0387-3

Abstract

What progress prevention research has made comes through strategic partnerships with communities and institutions that host this research, as well as professional and practice networks that facilitate the diffusion of knowledge about prevention. We discuss partnership issues related to the design, analysis, and implementation of prevention research and especially how rigorous designs, including random assignment, get resolved through a partnership between community stakeholders, institutions, and researchers. These partnerships shape not only study design, but they determine the data that can be collected and how results and new methods are disseminated. We also examine a second type of partnership to improve the implementation of effective prevention programs into practice. We draw on social networks to studying partnership formation and function. The experience of the Prevention Science and Methodology Group, which itself is a networked partnership between scientists and methodologists, is highlighted.

Keywords

Prevention scienceImplementation scienceSocial networksCommunity-based participatory research

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Hendricks Brown
    • 1
  • Sheppard G. Kellam
    • 2
  • Sheila Kaupert
    • 1
  • Bengt O. Muthén
    • 3
  • Wei Wang
    • 4
  • Linda K. Muthén
    • 5
  • Patricia Chamberlain
    • 6
  • Craig L. PoVey
    • 7
  • Rick Cady
    • 8
  • Thomas W. Valente
    • 9
  • Mitsunori Ogihara
    • 1
  • Guillermo J. Prado
    • 1
  • Hilda M. Pantin
    • 1
  • Carlos G. Gallo
    • 1
  • José Szapocznik
    • 1
  • Sara J. Czaja
    • 1
  • John W. McManus
    • 1
  1. 1.Prevention Science Methodology Group, Center for Family Studies, Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Product DevelopmentMuthén & MuthénLos AngelesUSA
  6. 6.Center for Research to PracticeEugeneUSA
  7. 7.Division of Substance Abuse and Mental HealthSalt Lake CityUSA
  8. 8.Department of Human Services OregonAddiction and Mental Health DivisionSalemUSA
  9. 9.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA