Implementing alcohol and other drug interventions effectively : How does location matter?
Berends, Lynda, MacLean, Sarah, Hunter, Barbara, Mugavin, Janette and Carswell, Suzanne. (2011) Implementing alcohol and other drug interventions effectively : How does location matter? Australian Journal of Rural Health. 19(4), pp. 211 - 217. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01212.x
|Authors||Berends, Lynda, MacLean, Sarah, Hunter, Barbara, Mugavin, Janette and Carswell, Suzanne|
Objective: To identify enabler and barrier mechanisms that impact project implementation, from a review of 127 completed projects intended to reduce harms associated with problematic alcohol and licit drug use in Australia. Design: Data comprised archival material (proposals, reports). A coding framework was developed from the literature and a sample of projects; two researchers developed and refined the framework. Open coding was used to identify factors impacting implementation, followed by pattern coding to identify underlying mechanisms. Sample: Project categories were developed from funding orientation and main activities projects were: enhancing organizational systems and processes (39), training and workforce development (18), community education and prevention (37) and client engagement and treatment (33). Thirty-five projects (28%) were in non-capital city locations. Results: Nine enabler and ten barrier mechanisms were identified, for example, ‘project planning and design’ and ‘wider service system challenges’. Three enabler mechanisms were more likely to be identified for non-capital city projects; ‘external communication and relationships’ (83% vs 70%), ‘sensitivity to service users and settings’ (49% vs 40%) and ‘funding and resourcing’ (40% vs 35%). Most barrier mechanisms were identified for a higher proportion of non-capital city projects, particularly ‘identifying and retaining personnel’ (54% vs 34%), ‘engaging communities and partners’ (46% vs 26%) and ‘organizational governance and capacity’ (29% vs 5%). Conclusions: Project implementation in non-capital city locations requires particular attention to project planning and design, staffing and organizational well-being. Policy initiatives and planning proposals might consider enabler mechanisms along with strategies to minimize barrier mechanisms to support successful implementation.
|Journal||Australian Journal of Rural Health|
|Journal citation||19 (4), pp. 211 - 217|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01212.x|
|Page range||211 - 217|
|Research Group||Centre for Health and Social Research|
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