Direct Service Delivery
PIRE understands that the promotion of public health and safety often depends on direct services received by individuals at risk. PIRE has participated in this important process in several ways.
PIRE sponsors and conducts direct services in varied fields, e.g., providing an aftercare clinic for heroin addicts, offering medical and psychological interventions in clinical trials of new medications, demonstrating emergency medical treatment, and providing face to face group counseling in health promotion for the military.
More often, PIRE evaluates and researches community-based and other programs that provide direct services. For example, we study the management practices of drug abuse treatment programs, the efficacy of suicide prevention efforts, the outcomes of individual classroom educational interventions, and the impact of motivational work with minorities to help them seek appropriate health assistance. Some of this work is classic program evaluation; other is rigorous applied research with experimental and comparison groups.
It is possible to consider PIRE's vast experience in technical assistance and training as a form of direct service delivery, especially to professionals. Training and technical assistance is described separately for this web site.