Supporting community-based prevention and health promotion initiatives: Developing effective technical assistance systems
Date of Original Version
As research evidence for the effectiveness of community-based prevention has mounted, so has recognition of the gap between research and community practice. As a result, state and local governments are taking a more active role in building the capacity of community-based organizations to deliver evidence-based prevention interventions. Innovations are taking place in the establishment of technical assistance or support systems to influence the prevention and health education activities of community-based organizations. Several challenges for technical assistance systems are described: (1) setting prevention priorities and allocating limited technical assistance resources, (2) balancing capacity-building versus program dissemination efforts, (3) collaborating across categorical problem areas, (4) designing technical assistance initiatives with enough "dose strength" to have an effect, (5) balancing fidelity versus adaptation in program implementation, (6) building organizational cultures that support innovation, and (7) building local evaluative capacity versus generalizable evaluation findings.
Health Education and Behavior
Mitchell, Roger E., Paul Florin, and John F. Stevenson. "Supporting community-based prevention and health promotion initiatives: Developing effective technical assistance systems." Health Education and Behavior 29, 5 (2002): 620-639. doi:10.1177/109019802237029.