Webinar: Adaptation in substance misuse prevention: Improving effectiveness and achieving better outcomes
In a perfect world, prevention interventions would be implemented exactly as designed and would achieve the expected positive outcomes without fail every time. But, if 2020 has taught us anything, this is not a perfect world and, sometimes, departures from a prevention program or practice’s original design and delivery are inevitable. This two-part, virtual training series, featuring a 90-minute, interactive webinar and a 90-minute peer-sharing event, will offer participants an introduction to the topic of adaptation and its role in effective prevention, and will examine how carefully planned and executed adaptations can help prevention practitioners circumvent unforeseen challenges, like those facing many communities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar will:
• Define key adaptation-related concepts
• List steps in the process of implementing “best fit” adaptations
• Examine real world examples of adaptations to distill elements of success
• Identify considerations for adapting interventions in response to changing community contexts
Strategies for bringing prevention efforts to virtual formats and specific guidance on adaptation from prevention program developers will also be discussed. Peer-sharing call participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences, pose questions and discuss challenges relating to adaptation.