IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Team factors that predict to sustainability indicators for community-based prevention teams

Listed author(s):
  • Perkins, Daniel F.
  • Feinberg, Mark E.
  • Greenberg, Mark T.
  • Johnson, Lesley E.
  • Chilenski, Sarah Meyer
  • Mincemoyer, Claudia C.
  • Spoth, Richard L.
Registered author(s):

    Because they often set out with a guarantee of only short-term funding, many community partnerships will face a threat to their sustainability almost as soon as the first money runs out. Research into the factors that enable some coalitions and partnerships to meet the challenge when others fail is limited. This study begins to fill this gap in our understanding by examining influences on the process of sustainability planning in the context of a collaborative partnership focused on youth development. We report on a longitudinal examination of the quality of planning and attitudes underpinning the sustainability of PROSPER community prevention teams whose members implement evidence-based programs designed to support positive youth development and reduce early substance use and other problem behaviors. The current research concentrates on a particular dimension of partnership effectiveness to establish whether perceptions about team functioning in play at 6 and 18 months predict the quality of sustainability planning at 36 and 48 months. How well teams functioned in the early stages was found to be strongly related to the quality of their later preparations for sustainability. Recruitment and integration of new team members, and the encouragement they subsequently received were also found to be key factors. The results strengthen the argument for providing technical assistance to meet the needs of those who promote prevention partnerships, and they provide longitudinal empirical data to support the hypotheses of other researchers who have similarly found a correlation between effective sustainability and early planning and support.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Evaluation and Program Planning.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 283-291

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:34:y:2011:i:3:p:283-291
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

    in new window

    1. Feinberg, Mark E. & Greenberg, Mark T. & Osgood, D. Wayne & Anderson, Amy & Babinski, Leslie, 2002. "The effects of training community leaders in prevention science: Communities That Care in Pennsylvania," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 25(3), pages 245-259, August.
    2. Jasuja, Guneet Kaur & Chou, Chih-Ping & Bernstein, Karen & Wang, Eric & McClure, Maykami & Pentz, Mary Ann, 2005. "Using structural characteristics of community coalitions to predict progress in adopting evidence-based prevention programs," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 173-184, May.
    3. Feinberg, Mark E. & Greenberg, Mark T. & Wayne Osgood, D., 2004. "Technical assistance in prevention programs: correlates of perceived need in communities that care," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 27(3), pages 263-274, August.
    4. Florin, Paul & Mitchell, Roger & Stevenson, John & Klein, Ilene, 2000. "Predicting intermediate outcomes for prevention coalitions: a developmental perspective," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 341-346, August.
    5. Scheirer, Mary Ann & Hartling, Gretchen & Hagerman, Diane, 2008. "Defining sustainability outcomes of health programs: Illustrations from an on-line survey," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 335-346, November.
    6. Johnson, Knowlton & Hays, Carol & Center, Hayden & Daley, Charlotte, 2004. "Building capacity and sustainable prevention innovations: a sustainability planning model," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 135-149, May.
    7. Darlington, Yvonne & Feeney, Judith A., 2008. "Collaboration between mental health and child protection services: Professionals' perceptions of best practice," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 187-198, February.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:34:y:2011:i:3:p:283-291. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dana Niculescu)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.