195594 Cross-site evaluation of Young Adults in the Workplace (YIW) initiative: Workplace-based substance abuse prevention programs

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 11:24 AM

Deborah Galvin, PhD , Division of Workplace Programs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Rockville, MD
Georgia Karuntzos, PhD , RTI International, Raleigh, NC
The Young Adults in the Workplace (YIW) initiative is a study of the effectiveness of workplace-based substance abuse prevention and early intervention programs for young adults aged 16 to 24. The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention funded 6 grantees to implement these programs, and the cross-site evaluation of this multisite, multiprotocol initiative broadens SAMHSA's workplace prevention initiatives by generating empirically-based knowledge about a diverse set of interventions and their functionality within a variety of workplace populations and contexts. The evaluation plan provides a comprehensive understanding of how the YIW interventions were implemented, the effects they had on employees, and the value they provided to employers. To accomplish this, the cross-site infrastructure supported three interrelated evaluation efforts: a process, an outcome, and an economic evaluation. This presentation will discuss the specific methodologies for each of these evaluations as they were applied to the multisite, multiprotocol YIW program and results from each of the evaluations. The process evaluation will be described with particular focus on the methodology of analyzing common and unique components of interventions in the cross-site framework and lessons learned from implementing YIW Programs. The presentation will also describe how a dismantling design approach is appropriate for and is being tailored to the YIW program within the outcome evaluation and results from the outcome evaluation. Finally, it will explain the activity-based costing approach for the economic evaluation, why it is appropriate and the findings from the cross-site evaluation related to the economic costs and benefits to the YIW programs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the three interrelated evaluations used to achieve a full multi-site, multiprotocol evaluation of Young Adults in the Workplace (YIW): process, outcome, and economic. 2. Describe application of a dismantling design evaluation approach to the YIW program. 3. Describe the application of activity-based costing methodology to the YIW program as an example for public health substance abuse prevention programs.

Keywords: Substance Abuse Prevention, Youth at Work

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Deborah M. Galvin, Ph.D. has over 20 years experience in the field of substance abuse prevention and health wellness programs.She currently works for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in the Division of Workplace Programs. Dr. Galvin is responsible for the Young Adults in the Workplace cooperative agreement program, the Workplace website, and the SAMHSA health wellness interactive workplace web site: GETFIT@SAMHSA.GOV. Dr. Galvin also serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and teaches courses in public health on health and wellness.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.