Prevention Science

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 101–109 | Cite as

Reciprocal Relations between Coalition Functioning and the Provision of Implementation Support

  • Louis D. Brown
  • Mark E. Feinberg
  • Valerie B. Shapiro
  • Mark T. Greenberg
Article

Abstract

Community coalitions have been promoted as a strategy to help overcome challenges to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs. This paper explores the characteristics of coalitions that enable the provision of implementation support for prevention programs in general and for the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs with fidelity. Longitudinal cross-lagged panel models were used to study 74 Communities That Care (CTC) coalitions in Pennsylvania. These analyses provide evidence of a unidirectional influence of coalition functioning on the provision of implementation support. Coalition member knowledge of the CTC model best predicted the coalition’s provision of support for evidence-based program implementation with fidelity. Implications for developing and testing innovative methods for delivering training and technical assistance to enhance coalition member knowledge are discussed.

Keywords

Communities That Care Substance-use prevention Delinquency prevention Coalitions Partnerships Program implementation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis D. Brown
    • 1
  • Mark E. Feinberg
    • 2
  • Valerie B. Shapiro
    • 3
  • Mark T. Greenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas School of Public HealthEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Prevention Research CenterPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WelfareUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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