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Evaluation of the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program: A Randomized Community Trial

Award Information

Award #
2005-AH-FX-K011
Location
Awardee County
Forsyth
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2005
Total funding (to date)
$2,352,686

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $1,352,686)

Wake Forest University Health Sciences will evaluate a series of 'best practices' for enforcing underage drinking laws derived from the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Community Trials Initiative. The goal of the program is to develop the best practices to combat the problem of underage drinking. Wake Forest will report on performance measures including the reduction of alcohol use by 14-20 year olds, the reduction of 14-20 year-olds attempting to buy alcohol, and program effectiveness as indicated by the number of communities implementing the program and their satisfaction with the program. NCA/NCF

Wake Forest University, School of Medicine (WFUSM) in collaboration with OJJDP, and PIRE is implementing and evaluating the impact of a subset of 'best' or 'most promising' practices implemented in the context of the EUDL program, and disseminate this information to EUDL stakeholders, including OJJDP, and the state, territorial, and DC programs. WFUSM is continuing the evaluation of the EUDL program using a community trials approach. Nominated communities in the 5 selected states have been paired using background characteristics, with one member of each pair being randomly assigned to be either an intervention or comparison community. The goals of the proposed evaluation are to determine the effect of 'best' or 'most promising' enforcement practices as indicated by the best practices component of the national evaluation of the EUDL program on: Youth behavior regarding alcohol use and alcohol related risk taking behavior; and Commercial and social alcohol sources
The proposed evaluation is designed specifically to address the OJJDP's following four performance measures for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Community Trials Discretionary Program:
1. Comparison of average reductions in percentage of 14-20 year olds using alcohol in the previous month between intervention and comparison communities through telephone survey of youth.
2. Comparison of average reductions in percentage of 14-20 year olds attempting to purchase alcohol in the previous month between intervention and comparison communities through telephone survey of youth.
3. Measure fidelity of the program in local communities through a web-based activity tracking system, a local coalition survey and a policy tracking survey.
4. Measure use of EUDL funding on prescribed number of compliance checks in local communities through the Law Enforcement Agency Survey and activity tracking.CA/NCF

Date Created: September 1, 2005