3.2A. Federal Action : Establish Federal registries of effective programs for reducing underage drinking for use by States and communities. Rationale: To ensure cost effectiveness, avoid duplication of effort, and facilitate the widest possible dissemination of policies, programs, and interventions that are effective in preventing and reducing underage drinking, Federal registries should be developed for use by States and communities. 3.2B. Federal Action : Through the provision of resources and expertise, encourage and support the rigorous evaluation of innovative and promising programs aimed at preventing reducing underage drinking. Rationale: Current approaches and interventions designed to prevent underage alcohol use have not substantially reduced underage alcohol consumption in the past decade. Therefore, the Federal Government should encourage rigorous evaluation of promising new programs by providing expertise and resources. 3.2C. Federal Action : Implement funding guidelines that (1) require the use of evidence-based programs or rigorously evaluated programs that are innovative and promising and (2) require the use of evaluation in all programs as a mechanism for identifying and correcting problems in design and/or implementation. Rationale: Programs to prevent and reduce underage alcohol use that have not been rigorously evaluated cannot be assumed to be effective. Therefore, with the exception of research projects, programs that are to be funded by the Federal Government should have evidence of effectiveness. Although the goal of requiring evidence-based programming will require a transition period to accomplish, it is nevertheless important for accomplishing the goals of the Plan.
40 Goal 3, Objective 3: Increase scientific surveillance of underage drinking, contributing factors, and consequences. Rationale: In order to develop and implement effective policies, programs, and interventions aimed at reducing underage drinking, the extent of the problem and its contributing factors, consequences, and trends must be continually monitored. Strategies for preventing and reducing underage drinking can only be developed, analyzed, and understood when the data is current, accurate, and comprehensive. 3.3A. Federal Action : Review existing Federal data sets for opportunities to improve or refine analysis and reporting, and explore the need for expanding or refocusing data collection efforts to close gaps in existing knowledge. Rationale: Additional analysis of existing data sets has the potential to increase our understanding of the problem of underage drinking at minimal cost. In addition, it may be desirable to expand existing data sets to further our understanding of the problem (e.g., by surveying younger children than are currently queried, expanding national surveys to include information about maximum levels of consumption and second-hand effects of alcohol use, monitoring alcohol-related incidents on college campuses, requiring the recording
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- Melissa O"Connor
- The Giver, Drinking culture, Underage Drinking, SAMHSA