Evidence Based Strategies2018-09-18T18:10:57+00:00

T.I. recognizes the critical necessity for prevention methods to be based on research and evidence. We use multiple layers of evidence based prevention practices to make certain that our unique programming meets the needs of your community.


T.I.’s Action Planning process is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model. This system allows T.I. teams to engage in a five step process that has been proven to help groups create effective prevention programming in their schools and communities. Through the SPF, T.I. leaders make active and meaningful contributions in a process that not only engages them fully, and also gets real results. Click here for more information on the SPF.

Environmental Change Strategies

Environmental change strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. While at T.I., teams learn to recognize the differences between individual change strategies and environmental strategies. At T.I. teams are provided examples of environmental strategies that they can utilize in their schools and communities, to address challenges they’ve identified within their Action Plans. T.I. leaders also learn about CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) “Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change”, which, when implemented together, increase the likelihood of effectively reducing problems at the community level.

Individual Change Strategies

T.I. also involves programming aimed at helping participants develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to change their own behavior while influencing the behavior of their peers in a positive manner. T.I. includes an emphasis on life and social skills, interactions amongst participants, norms for and a commitment to not using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and peer-led programming. These components have all been identified by SAMHSA as components of successful prevention programs.