INFORMATION IN ENGLISH
National prevention database
The database for Norwegian prevention programmes has been developed in order to establish a national documentation system for the prevention field. The aim of the database is to spread information about different drug preventative interventions, especially those with documented effects, and to promote evaluative activity.
Interventions are entered into the database by means of a questionnaire concerning characteristics such as type of drug, background, setting, and status of evaluation. The questionnaire also includes a number of questions that are considered useful in the planning phase of process and outcome evaluation, with a link to a new set of evaluation guidelines; a Norwegian version of EMCDDA's "Guidelines for the evaluation of drug prevention: A manual for programme planners and evaluators".
The database also allows for the user to search for interventions using criteria such as name, type of drug, geographical location, setting and evaluation status. In the future it will also be made possible to search for interventions in relation to results of evaluation and documented effects. Furthermore, the database will hopefully help identify potential projects for the EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction) database for prevention and treatment programmes – EDDRA (Exchange on Drug Demand Reduction Actions).
The development has been carried out by a working group consisting of representatives from all seven regional competence centres, the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs, the net site www.forebygging.no, and the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research.