Evaluation of community education and outreach projects for RWJF's National Demonstration of Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis

The Foundation's initiative, National Demonstration of Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults, was designed to replicate the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program that uses evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacologic interventions in the early identification and treatment of adolescents and young adults with severe mental illness.This project will evaluate the education and community outreach efforts of this initiative over four years. It will assess three major areas: (1) implementation of the PEI education and community outreach strategies, (2) contextual factors that may influence the implementation and impact of this initiative, and (3) specific outcomes related to the PEI education and outreach efforts. Process and outcome measures will be used to obtain qualitative and quantitative data. The evaluation team will work closely with the initiative's National Program Office to finalize a PEI program logic model, explore new and existing data sources, solicit input from grantees, and develop tracking tools, interview protocols, and focus group guides. Deliverables for the project will include annual reports and peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $487,375.00

Awarded on: 7/11/2007

Time frame: 8/15/2007 - 11/30/2011

Grant Number: 62200


University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service

15 Baxter Boulevard
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME, 04104-9300


Brenda M. Joly
Project Director


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