Qualified staff are needed for data collection and evaluation, and for implementing your program. They may require training to ensure consistency and adherence to the program's procedures. Many potential problems in program implementation can be avoided by conducting a thorough training of those involved.
Trained program staff, teachers, or other professionals are not the only groups of people capable of successfully leading or delivering an education program. A participatory approach, characterized by the active participation of young people and / or community members, can have a significant positive affect on delivery and acceptance of your program. Many examples of programs are available that incorporate a peer-to-peer component or a community member component. The Programs page or an alcohol research literature database can help you find existing programs that utilize these approaches.
A training manual can serve the dual purpose of guiding the training sessions and being a ready reference for staff during the program implementation period. It is recommended that you prepare a training manual that covers data collection, evaluation, and implementation, and outlines the activities and responsibilities involved.
A training manual should include:
- Overview of program goal and objectives;
- Importance of maintaining high fidelity of program protocol;
- Protection of human subjects in research;
- Standards of practice for interviewers, facilitators, or team leaders;
- Sampling protocol;
- Interview protocol;
- The survey or interview instrument;
- Helpful information about potentially difficult or sensitive questions;
- Emergency protocol or procedures for handling difficult situations;
- Contact information for the program managers.
Training provides an opportunity for interviewers, facilitators or moderators to role play, become comfortable with the materials, ask questions, and troubleshoot potential problems with the program material, delivery, or with any interview or survey questions. It also helps make them aware of any special cultural or other considerations that may be problematic in asking specific questions or applying particular approaches.