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Reciprocal Relations between Coalition Functioning and the Provision of Implementation Support

  • Author(s): Brown, LD
  • Feinberg, ME
  • Shapiro, VB
  • Greenberg, MT
  • et al.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4051854/
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Abstract

© 2013, Society for Prevention Research. Community coalitions have been promoted as a strategy to help overcome challenges to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs. This paper explores the characteristics of coalitions that enable the provision of implementation support for prevention programs in general and for the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs with fidelity. Longitudinal cross-lagged panel models were used to study 74 Communities That Care (CTC) coalitions in Pennsylvania. These analyses provide evidence of a unidirectional influence of coalition functioning on the provision of implementation support. Coalition member knowledge of the CTC model best predicted the coalition’s provision of support for evidence-based program implementation with fidelity. Implications for developing and testing innovative methods for delivering training and technical assistance to enhance coalition member knowledge are discussed.

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