You understand that:
___Risk reduction involves finding out what in your community leads to the problem you're trying to prevent and then working to cut down on those factors.
___Protective factors are those things that keep whatever it is you're trying to prevent from occurring.
___A strategy is a broad step in a plan to accomplish a specific goal.
___A tactic is a specific step you take to complete a strategy.
You understand the following reasons for including members of the community in the process of selecting risk reduction strategies:
___It can help change community norms and values, which are often tied to risk and protective factors.
___It creates a wider base of support for changing behavior.
___It can give you a better sense of what resources are available to you in the community.
___It can help galvanize public support for your initiative.
___It is more likely to lead to long-term changes.
You have considered including people from the following groups in the process of selecting risk reduction strategies:
___Local law enforcement
___Local government officials
___School administrators, teachers, PTA members, school board members
___Health and human services agencies
___Local media representatives
___Youth and parents
___Members of the target population you serve
You understand the following reasons for including members of the target population in the process of selecting risk reduction strategies:
___Giving the target population a say helps establish trust
___Affected communities are often stronger and more resourceful than we give them credit for
___It can give your group a better understanding of what the community needs
___It can also increase community awareness of who you are and what you do
Selecting risk reduction strategies:
___Research to find out what other groups with missions similar to your own have done
___Attend conferences and workshops
___Get involved in regional and national coalitions
___Sign on to an email list for people who do the same type of work you do
___When you examine a possible strategy that has been used in another community, think about how it would work with your own community
___Conduct your own research and see what original strategies you can come up with on your own
You understand the following characteristics of an effective risk reduction strategy:
___The strategy works to increase protective factors
___The goals, methods to be used for data collection, evaluation, and feedback, and specific roles and duties of all staff, volunteers, and any other personnel are clearly defined
___The strategy approaches risk reduction in a manner appropriate to your target population
___The strategy employs early intervention
___The strategy makes the best possible use of available resources
___If addressing multiple risk factors, it's probably best to use multiple strategies
You've asked the following questions when evaluating prevention strategies you're considering:
___Does the strategy address known risk factors?
___How will the strategy reduce risk and/or increase protective factors?
___Is the strategy likely to reach your target population?
___Is the strategy set up in a way in which it can be evaluated?
You're familiar with risk reduction strategies related to changing individual behavior:
___incentives or disincentives
___increasing (or reducing) time and effort for target behaviors
___changing environmental design to remove barriers or enhance accessibility
___changing policy (creating, modifying, or terminating)
___providing feedback on progress
You're familiar with risk reduction strategies related to organizational and community development include:
___public awareness and media campaigns
___community assessment and monitoring
___modifying access to products and services
___integrating and coordinating local agencies and resources
___developing resources to enhance family and peer support
___enforcement of existing policies and laws
___advocacy and nonviolent protest
___changing policies and laws
You understand some of the common tactics used in risk reduction:
___Risk reduction counseling