Field of Work: Evaluation of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
Problem Synopsis: Substance abuse prevention efforts that could reduce or avert harm suffer from significant limitations; the only national delivery system for substance abuse prevention that approximates a model infrastructure is D.A.R.E.), which has a delivery system made up of thousands of trained local law enforcement officers, and a standard, established curriculum. D.A.R.E.'s program has been evaluated several times. Evaluation findings and subsequent studies published in the late 1990s raised concerns about D.A.R.E. A new evaluation was necessary to: test a curriculum that represented current thinking about substance abuse prevention; test a style of teaching that represented current knowledge about teaching and learning structure; and examine the extent to which D.A.R.E. police officers implemented the curriculum in accordance with the model.
Synopsis of the Work: Zili Sloboda, ScD, and colleagues at the University of Akron, Ohio, designed and evaluated Take Charge of Your Life, a substance abuse prevention curriculum for 7th- and 9th-grade students delivered by D.A.R.E. police officers.