"The SPF Process" by Center on the Family. All rights reserved.



Along with cultural competency, sustainability is an integral part of the entire SPF process. Sustainability is the ability of a prevention strategy to carry on into the foreseeable future. Often times prevention efforts come and go at the mercy of grant cycles. The SPF process was designed to avoid this kind of short-lived prevention strategy and thus focuses heavily on building strategies that become sustainable parts of a community's future.

Building sustainable prevention strategies involves building long-lasting prevention infrastructure, skills, and capacity. In order to do this, community-wide collaboration is often necessary as sharing resources and knowledge across many organizations and sectors creates the kind of infrastructure that can withstand the changes that may occur in any one of its many interrelated working parts. The SPF process has built this priority for sustainability into the prevention approach, by focusing on capacity building, collaboration, and evaluation. Using these powerful tools, communities can identify the prevention efforts that are obtaining the best results (evaluation), continue to develop and build on their prevention knowledge and resources (capacity building), and share these resources across sectors (collaboration).

SPF in Hawai'i

The SPF-SIG project focused strongly on building a statewide prevention infrastructure which can be harnessed to more strategically address issues of substance abuse prevention in Hawai'i. The project was successful in bringing together people from many different sectors, including state, county, and local prevention providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Additionally, the State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) has begun to use the SPF principles in all of its prevention programs. Finally, the ADAD was also recently awarded the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (HI-PFS) grant in order to continue its efforts to build upon and grow the state's prevention infrastructure and capacity. All of these efforts are aimed and making high-quality data-driven prevention strategies a sustainable part of Hawai'i's future.




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