Resource Library

Search our resource library to access a wealth of information to support your substance misuse prevention efforts. Use the drop down menus to search by resource type and/or prevention topic, or type a keyword into the search bar. New resources added regularly!

Resource Title Description Resource Type
Community Readiness for Community Change

This resource provides an overview of the Community Readiness Model, the stages and dimensions of community readiness, and tools for conducting your own community readiness assessment.

Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities: Culture is Prevention

This product is designed for Prevention Specialists working with Native Communities. Topics include: intervention for Native youth's mental health, substance abuse, suicidality, and practice-based evidence.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities: What is Cultural Connectedness?

This product is designed for Prevention Specialists working with Native Communities. Topics include: cultural connectedness (spiritual activity, cultural identity, and traditional activity), and cultural humility.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships

This toolkit provides guidance for creating a partnership among different organizations to address a common goal.


The National Institute of Justice’s is comprised of two components — a web-based clearinghouse of programs and practices and a process for identifying and rating those programs and practices.

Criteria for Analyzing Assessment Data

Analyzing assessment data with five key criteria can provide insight into how to focus efforts to meet community needs and set prevention priorities.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Cultural Approaches to Prevention: Measuring Cultural Factors Associated with Substance Misuse and Mental Health in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Provides information on measures that prevention practitioners and evaluators can use when evaluating substance misuse prevention programs that include cultural elements.

Cultural Competence and Spirituality in Community Building

Information on understanding culture and diversity, how to strengthen multicultural collaboration, and spirituality and community building.

Cultural Competence Primer: Incorporating Cultural Competence into Your Comprehensive Plan

This primer provides anti-drug coalitions with a basic understanding of cultural competence and its importance in achieving substance abuse reduction that is effective and sustainable. If you know how to include all major sectors of your community in your efforts to develop a plan to create population-level change in community rates of substance abuse, then you likely will increase your chances of success.

Data Collection Methods: Pros and Cons

Learning the pros and cons of data collection methods can help you find the right data to inform program development and assessment.

Databases of Best Practices

Explore best practices for promoting community health and development.

Developing a Framework or Model of Change

This toolkit helps in developing a picture of the pathway from activities to intended outcomes.

Developing a Strategic Plan and Organizational Structure

Information about developing a strategic plan and organizational structure, recruiting and training staff and volunteers, and providing technical assistance.

Developing an Intervention

This toolkit provides supports for developing core components of a community intervention and adapting them to fit the context.

Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide

This document offers concrete steps towards building effective partnerships and provides tips for making collaborations and partnerships work. Rather than creating new projects or programs, effective coalitions can harness existing resources to develop a unique community approach and achieve results beyond the scope of one single institution or organization.