Since 2009, ICF has served as the national evaluator for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, which is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ICF is tasked with measuring the impact of 718 community coalitions in reducing substance use and related consequences.
The DFC grant program supports community anti-drug coalitions in reducing local substance use rates among youth and in creating safer and healthier communities. Through this program, local government and community partners join together to form coalitions that target the local prevention needs of youth, their families, and surrounding communities.
ICF has designed an evaluation that capitalizes on the variation in local coalition strategies among the 718 grantees to determine best practices in a variety of contexts. The evaluation also has a strong focus on disseminating results in a timely fashion through best practices briefs, policy briefs, reports, webinars, and other means of dissemination to ensure data-driven decision making in DFC grantee communities.
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