Taking Charge
See Taking Charge: Managing Community Alcohol and Drug Risk Environments. This planning manual provides step-by-step information to apply the Three Actor Model using the SPF Five Step planning approach.
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2006 SPF Planning Guide
See the 2006 SPF Planning Guide designed to match CSAP's Strategic Prevention Framework Five Steps.
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Date of last update: 01/19/07

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Our Services
Prevention by Design services support use of the Taking Charge "community environment" approach to prevention planning and programming for counties and local communities, especially cities. Taking Charge is designed for self-guided and self-directed application by local agencies and organizations. We offer introductory training to familiarize local agencies and organizations with Taking Charge's concepts and strategies, and coaching to support their application to local prevention initiatives.

We also provide customized technical assistance and planning as-needed to help with management of selected community risk-environments where alcohol/drug use is problematic. These environments include commercial settings (places where alcohol/drugs are sold); public events and public places where alcohol/drugs are used, and private or quasi-public settings and circumstances where problematic alcohol/drug use is not being effectively managed or controlled.

Our services include:

Training, familiarization and technical assistance in use of the Taking Charge approach for environmental risk management:

  • Taking Charge training
    Introductory on-site training sessions introduce basic concepts, planning strategies, and methods for community planning using the Taking Charge approach. Training focuses on the types of at-risk settings and circumstances of concern to the community.

  • SPF Planning Guide and Tip Sheets training
    Planning Guide training breaks down the Five Steps into tangible tasks based on the county's specific needs. Tip Sheets offer proven techniques for expediting these steps.

  • Three Actor Model Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
    Utilizing logic-model planning based on the our Three Actor Model, we map out the steps required to achieve specific objectives to reduce alcohol/drug-related problems in selected risk environments.

Information services on community environment prevention policies and practices, and assistance expanding your local community's capacity to generate local data to document risk-environments and to support prevention initiatives:

  • Data Services
    We assist counties to document risk-environments using local data that are already available, or that can be locally generated. Technical assistance and training are also provided on the collection, analysis, reporting, and utilization of these data. We specialize in collection, management and reporting of local law enforcement data for alcohol/drug-related police problems (ASIPS/GIS format, or Alcohol/drug Sensitive Information Planning System).

  • Information Services
    We provide information about community environment approaches to prevention being used in other communities, and facilitate contacts with other community practitioners, researchers, and consultants at work in these areas.

Specialized technical assistance solving specific program problems and developing solutions tailored to the community's needs:

  • Long-Term Structural Support
    We provide training for agency-wide strategic planning and organization, including assistance with the funding process.

  • Special projects and problem-solving
    We are a resource for assistance with documentation, planning, design and management of community initiatives to reduce alcohol/drug-related problems for selected settings, geographically-defined areas, community-level events.

  • Environmental Design
    We provide consultation on facility design and management to prevent alcohol/drug-related and crime-related problems on and about the premises occupant-oriented (participatory) architectural planning principles and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).