Recommendations for Scaling-up Evidence-based Interventions in Public Systems
A major goal of prevention science and the Society for Prevention Research is to advance the ability to effectively scale-up evidence-based interventions (EBIs) that have been shown to improve public health and well-being. This session will describe findings from the MAPS IV Task Force that will be published in a forthcoming article in Prevention Science and in Research Briefs to be disseminated to policy makers and practitioners. We will briefly describe the main factors identified as influencing EBI scale-up in five public systems: behavioral health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and public health. The majority of the session will involve discussion of our recommendations for actions that should be taken to increase scale-up within and across systems. We will solicit input from audience members (ideally: researchers, practitioners and policy makers) about how to disseminate our findings and spur action in three areas: 1) ) increasing public policies and funding to support the creation, testing, and scaling-up of EBIs; (2) developing and evaluating frameworks to foster EBI scale-up and address systems-level barriers; and (3) promoting public support for EBIs, community capacity to implement EBIs at scale, and partnerships between community stakeholders, policy makers, practitioners, and scientists.
*The SPR MAPS (Mapping Advances in Prevention Science) are charged by the SPR Board of Directors with advancing an emergent focal area for prevention science. This work was supported by the National Institute On Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, R13DA033149), with co-funding from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of Disease Prevention, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Cancer Institute, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Administration for Children and Families and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The content is solely the responsibility of the MAPS IV Task Force members and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.