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
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.

Embedding a Racial Equity Perspective in the Positive Youth Development Approach

Positive youth development (PYD) is a strengths-based approach used by programs to support the development of young people’s skills, nurture their interests and values, seek and incorporate their input, and connect them to positive adults and useful resources. Appreciation for the value of youth development has grown in recent years—both because its positive approach is attractive to staff in programs that serve young people, and because an increasing evidence base from research and evaluation studies demonstrates its benefits. As a result, interest in PYD has expanded beyond more traditional youth development programs to different types of programs, including employment readiness, risk behavior prevention programs, and summer programs.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
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.

Environmental Strategies Tool

The Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming, under contract to the Public Health Division of the Wyoming Department of Health, created an inventory of environmental substance abuse prevention strategies targeting alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs employed in Wyoming’s state-funded prevention system and assessed the evidence base and effectiveness of the evidence for each identified strategy.

Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners (HHS Region 1)

This course explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas.

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.