One of the critical questions
communities often face in the implementation of environmental
interventions such as The Community Trials Intervention to
Reduce High-Risk Drinking concerns "how much it costs."
There is no easy answer to this question, though there are
a number of guidelines. Project costs are largely a function
of project staffing, resources required by evaluation, and
the level of technical assistance provided by the program
developer. That said, program staffing typically involves
one full-time staff person who is responsible for day-to-day
management of office operations, staff recruiting, organizing
volunteers, and implementing interventions and between two
and four half time community outreach workers. Typically,
such projects are housed within community-based organizations
and agencies with a director committing approximately 25%
time, who is responsible for developing the initiative and
its strategy, seeking funding, building coalitions with key
community groups and leaders, and hiring project staff.
Additional positions, depending on the existing community
conditions may include a data manager who collects information
to track program trends, and volunteers who provide general
support for program interventions; elicit support from the
broader community and participation by key community leaders
(e.g., police); assist in the "synergistic" application
of program components, such as media coverage of program efforts;
attend community meetings and hearings to speak or gather
information on targeted topics; and assist with public education
projects and other interventions as needed. Evaluation and
technical assistance costs vary depending upon project size,
outcomes targeted and available resources.
For assistance in determining more precisely these costs,
potential adapters of the program are encouraged to contact
the program developer.