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
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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Organizational Assessment Tools: A Resource Guide

The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE) is proud to release a new resource guide featuring selected Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) organizational assessments. Prepared by Trinidad Tellez, MD, of [Health] Equity Strategies, LLC, this DEI resource guide represents one aspect of IERE's ongoing evaluation of and thought partnership with the HEAL Winchendon initiative, a Moving Massachusetts Upstream (MassUP) grantee. While curated with HEAL Winchendon in mind, the assessments in this resource guide are applicable to other organizations and coalitions seeking to evaluate their status and progress toward specific DEI goals. 

This guide offers organizational assessments for general audiences, child- and youth-serving organizations, disability organizations, K-12 audiences, workforce development, city government, health and healthcare providers, and food security organizations. Several racial equity impact assessments are also included in this compilation.

Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization

This guide and the associated checklists and toolkits focus on the often hidden or subtle ways that data analysts and communicators fail to incorporate equitable awareness in the data they use and the products they create.

Enhancing Cultural Competence

This toolkit aids in assessing and enhancing cultural competence in your organization or community effort.

Ensuring the Well-being of Boys and Young Men of Color: Factors that Promote Success and Protect Against Substance Use and Misuse

This practice-support tool distills research on substance use and misuse in boys and young men of color as well as factors promoting positive youth development.

Evaluating Community Programs and Initiatives

Information on developing a plan for evaluation, evaluation methods, and using evaluation to understand and improve the initiative.

Evaluating the Initiative

This toolkit aids in developing an evaluation of a community program or initiative.

Examples of Community-level Logic Models for Reducing the Non-medical Use of Opioid Prescription Drugs

This tool describes three examples of logic models—two present a community-level response to reducing the non-medical use of opioid prescription drugs (NMUOPD) and a third presents a state-level response. Each example contains a statement describing the problem (NMUOPD); the goals and objectives for addressing the problem; inputs—what resources and activities comprise the response; partners needed to effectively implement the approach; outputs—the result of these resources and activities; and short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes.

Examples of Local-level Logic Models for Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities

This resource contains three examples of logic models that prevention practitioners can use to think through their process for addressing behavioral health disparities at the community level. Each example addresses a different type of disparity, and includes the community’s related substance use problem; factors that contribute to the problem; activities to address the problem; and short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes.

Excellence in Prevention Strategy List

This page provides detailed information about direct service and environmental prevention strategies. Programs and strategies in this list must be shown in at least two studies to produce intended results. All programs listed include substance abuse prevention as an area of interest.