New study released

Posted on: Tuesday, 03 January 2012

A new study of multiple alcohol and other drug projects has identified specific factors that improve the chances of these initiatives meeting all funding objectives.  

Drs Sarah MacLean, Lynda Berends and Barbara Hunter emphasised the importance of good relationships with partner agencies involved in project implementation and with communities targeted by these projects.

 “Further, breakdown of relationships with external agencies during the course of the project was the one barrier factor found to be significantly associated with failure to meet all set objectives,” Dr McLean said.

“Other factors statistically associated with successful implementation were employment of skilled staff and involving the project’s intended beneficiaries in development of resources and approaches (such as instituting consumer feedback opportunities or focus testing educational materials).”

The study provides evidence that investing time and resources to develop strong relationships with project partners and communities, implementing mechanisms for consumer and participant input, and attracting skilled staff for project delivery are important.

The project report (in pdf form) can be found by clicking here.

Further information can be found at:

MacLean, S., Berends, L., Hunter, B., Roberts, B., & Mugavin, J. (in press). What factors help and hinder implementation of projects in community-based alcohol and other drug agencies? Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Berends, L., MacLean, S., Hunter, B., Mugavin, J., & Carswell, S. (2011). Implementing alcohol and other drug interventions effectively: How does location matter? Australian Journal of Rural Health.