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
Crafting Strategic Communications in Prevention: Communications Planning Toolkit

The Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS) Communications Planning Toolkit provides key principles and tools to enable your coalition, along with members of your community, to create a strategic and effective communications campaign – one that aligns with and strengthens your community’s substance misuse prevention efforts AND increases the likelihood of achieving your prevention goals.

Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships

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

Creating Authentic Partnerships with Historically Marginalized Families and Other Stakeholders: Embracing an Equity Mindset

Educational systems in this country have been shaped by the influence of White dominant culture, frequently precluding the authentic partnership of families and stakeholders who are vested in the success of historically marginalized students in their communities. This resource describes characteristics associated with White dominant culture as compared to those rooted in an intentional equity mindset. This resource can be used to assess the cultural norms that currently exist and to think about what changes are needed to create authentic opportunities for partnership that can improve learning conditions and outcomes for historically marginalized populations.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Creating Cultures and Practices for Racial Equity

Creating Cultures and Practices for Racial Equity contains a variety of tools that emerged from Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab to help artists, arts advocates, culture bearers, and cultural workers to imagine, plan, and implement racial equity strategies in arts organizations.


Communities are the backbone of our social system, and ideally, provide a safe place for people to live, work, and play. Yet the history of systemic racism in America illustrates how BIPOC communities were not only built to be segregated but have continued to experience harm disproportionately to white communities.

This begs the question: what does a “safe” community look like, especially for people of color? And how can we center the conversation around health equity? In this two-day training, the trainers will first examine the history of racist housing policy in the United States, emphasizing the intentional disenfranchisement of Black and Brown communities and the implications for our health and racial equity work. They will then move into deeper, heart-space questions about our communities, and how we might imagine them differently. What are ways you can plug in to create changes? How can we use a Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change framework to build safe and healthy communities that are designed by the people that live there? Participants should come prepared to dig creatively into some deeper questions about safety and resiliency. 

DAY 1: March 28th,10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET, IN PERSON at Assumption College (Worcester, MA)
Day 2: March 29th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM ET online via Zoom

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief

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 Best Practice: Informed Participation

The Massachusetts Collaborative for Action, Leadership, and Learning 3 (MassCALL3) and State Opioid Response – Prevention in Early Childhood (SOR-PEC) initiatives both require the collection of various types of information to inform the design and delivery of grant-related services This information may be collected through structured interviews and focus groups with community members. Coalitions have an ethical obligation to ensure informed participation. This means that all involved individuals fully understand the purpose of the data collection activity and how the information being collected will be used. This brief provides guidance for BSAS grantee coalitions to ensure informed participation for individuals who are engaged in their data collection efforts.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
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.

Demystifying Alcohol Policy Strategies: Planning and Implementation

This 90-minute webinar will provide details on how practitioners can plan for and implement effective policy strategies. This webinar seeks to demystify policy work for practitioners and increase their comfort with and ability to engage in it effectively. The presenter will explore model policies, including successful approaches to working across settings and the importance of partners and leadership.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Developing a Framework or Model of Change

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