Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 227–242

Strategies for Ensuring Use of Needs Assessment Findings: Experiences of a Community Substance Abuse Prevention Program

  • Maryann Amodeo
  • Cecilia Gal

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024694525563

Cite this article as:
Amodeo, M. & Gal, C. The Journal of Primary Prevention (1997) 18: 227. doi:10.1023/A:1024694525563


This article offers specific strategies for ensuring utilization of needs assessment findings. It is designed to help prevention specialists, community planners, program evaluators, and involved citizens maximize their efforts in developing community services by tying those services closely to community needs. Program evaluators who completed a broad-based community needs assessment commissioned by their organization, found that the organization had gone ahead in developing programs and saw the needs assessment findings as unrelated to their ongoing activities. Far from being unique, this situation is common in organizations where participants feel an urgency to get programs under way to address widespread community problems.

needs assessmentscommunity preventionsubstance abuse preventionneeds assessments in community planningutilizing needs assessment data

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maryann Amodeo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cecilia Gal
    • 3
  1. 1.Alcohol and Drug InstituteBoston University School of Social WorkBoston
  2. 2.Alcohol and Drug Institute for Policy, Training and ResearchBoston UniversityBoston
  3. 3.Alcohol and Drug InstituteBoston University School of Social WorkBoston