Context of Efforts
- First, it is important to think comprehensive. With this, campus efforts should incorporate a range of approaches inclusive of policies, programs, services, resources, and more.
- Second, the variety of efforts needed and individuals involved in these efforts makescommunication an essential element of campus efforts. Communication is important to implement in a carefully orchestrated manner to maximize this successful implementation.
- Third is the need for adequate staffing, training and resources for personnel who will be addressing alcohol-related issues. Whether professional or paraprofessional, whether volunteer or paid, alcohol abuse prevention does not simply happen. Rather, it requires thoughtful and skilled preparation of personnel resources to obtain the desired outcome.
- Fourth, efforts must be results focused, whereby attention is placed on specific outcomes for campus efforts. Keeping the attention towards desired outcomes, including specific results desired—whether these are behavioral, attitudinal, knowledge or other—helps to clarify and direct efforts in a meaningful way.
- Fifth, a contextual perspective of accountability is important for successful campus-based efforts. Coupled with the results perspective, accountability emphasizes that as stewards of the public trust, both for individuals, as well as institutions of higher education as societal leaders, diligent efforts are essential.
- Finally, monitoring incorporates the on-going review of the extent to which campuses are addressing, in a meaningful way, those issues and results that it sets out to address.
For more information please refer to the Prevention Standards publication.