; Hill, M.; Treno, A.
; and Taff, G.A.
Report Community indicators related to substance use arise as part of the day-to-day functioning of a number of community systems. These include community systems dedicated to local law enforcement, education, and health care, and those systems regulating economic and political activity. These functional components of community action generate reports on their activities which may be used to index substance use related events. These events may include arrests for drug sales, admissions for alcohol and drug treatment, and changes in regulatory activity at local, county and state levels.
This paper presents an outline of the use of archival community indicators in the evaluation of the "Fighting Back" community intervention programs sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. After a brief outline of the project, and a description of the community monitoring systems used in the evaluation, an outline of community indicators currently being collected on the project is presented. This outline if followed by a discussion of the complementary use of archival indicator and survey data in the exploration of the performance of community systems.