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Selecting Activities

Once the prevention team has determined the stage of readiness of the campus and community, they may begin to identify activities that will move the program towards the achievement of their desired outcomes.


The team will pay attention to several factors when choosing activities. First, the team may consider the ease of implementing an activity. This is particularly important when beginning a prevention program, as activities that can be adopted quickly should be implemented before complicated or highly involved activities. The success and visibility of these initial activities can then help to generate the support and positive momentum needed to pursue more difficult efforts.

Prevention teams also can gauge the level of campus and community support for various activities when selecting which to undertake. The more support, the more likely an activity will flourish and produce desired results.

Identifying available resources and selecting cost-effective activities are important considerations for prevention teams who may be faced with budget constraints. Teams should focus their resources, especially initially, at research-supported activities and resource-efficient options.

With these factors in mind, prevention teams can generate a breadth of activities appropriate to their stage of readiness that reinforces their previously defined strategies and tactics.

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