September 08, 2014

Identifying sustainable financing for primary prevention is a challenge throughout human service sectors. Although many sectors - mental health and substance abuse, general health, education, public health, child welfare, juvenile justice - are concerned with individual and community well-being; financing, policy and programmatic divisions make collaboration between sectors difficult. In an attempt to better understand the financing landscape and promote understanding between human service fields, this webinar will review the challenges of our current system, explore major existing funding mechanisms, and share emerging and innovative public and private financing strategies that can be utilized for primary prevention interventions. New opportunities from the Affordable Care Act and interest from private investors will also be highlighted. In addition to a review of financing mechanisms, case examples of innovative sustainable financing strategies will be presented. In Washington State, the use of Medicaid funds to reimburse Triple P programming will be reviewed. In Oregon, one Coordinated Care Organization is prioritizing prevention by implementing a universal intervention (The Good Behavior Game) in county public schools with Medicaid funding.



Speakers: Richard Moore, Acting Deputy Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; David L. Shern, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor, Mental Health America; Sarah Steverman, Ph.D., MSW, University of Denver; D. Max Crowley, Ph.D., Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy; Scott Waller, Washington Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; Jennifer Webster, MPH, CHES, Community Health Analyst, Prevention Program, Lane County Public Health

May 27, 2014

The Society for Prevention Research has recognized the need to strengthen economic analysis of prevention in its MAPS III Task Force. Prevention researchers, practitioners, and policy makers increasingly require economic information as they seek to take evidence-based programs to scale. Cost analyses provide a critical foundation for all economic analysis strategies, whether cost-effectiveness, benefit-cost, or cost utility, yet too often researchers become aware of the need for cost information late in the research process, making it difficult to obtain accurate, timely information. When researchers and practitioners desire proactively to understand intervention costs, they may lack the methods and tools for doing so. This workshop addresses these issues by offering participants the conceptual understanding, methods, tools, and hands-on practice needed to begin to perform cost analyses in their work. The workshop will also contribute to the development of a cadre of trained researchers with the skills to understand and evaluate the economics of prevention.


Speakers: Margaret Kuklinski, University of Washington; Max Crowley, Duke University; and Fiona Hollands, Columbia University

Workshop: Evaluating the Economic Impact of Social Policy.

November 04, 2014

Workshop on evaluating the economic impact of social policy for the Administration of Children and Families Office of Planning, Research and Evalaution. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of conducting costs, cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analyses. Further, emerging best practices were discssed and important standards of evidence will be outlined.


Speakers: Max Crowley, PHD

Workshop: Pay for Success and Developmental Impact Bond Development

June 10, 2014

An executive education workshop on Pay for Success and Developmental Impact Bond Development for the Indian Government Department of Administrative Reforms. Lessons for employing perfromance-based financing in low resource context and opportunities for investing in prevention.


Speaker: Max Crowley, PHD

Workshop: Peaking Behind the Doors of the NIH Grant Review Process 2.0.

May 27, 2014

Thinking about applying for your first NIH grant? Wondering what actually happens once you‘ve submitted? Where does the grant go? Who reviews it? How can I improve my score? The review process can be daunting for early career researchers. Further recent changes in page and submission limits require new strategies for putting together successful applications. This year’s ECPN sponsored luncheon will explore the NIH review process and provide insight into what actually happens when your grant goes to committee. The session will begin with an overview of the NIH grant submission process for three mechanisms often engaged by early career researchers (F’s, K’s and small R’s) presented by a representative from the National Institutes of Health. Then a live mock review session will be held. In this session experienced NIH-funded researchers will score and discuss successful applications. At the end of the luncheon, the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the panel’s scoring decisions as well as general questions about submitting NIH grants as an early career researcher.


Speakers: Max Crowley, PhD, Valerie Shapiro, PhD, Karl Hill, PhD, Linda Collins, PhD, Guillermo (Willy) Prado, PhD, , Belinda Sims, PhD

September 03, 2014

Community-based organizations and anti-drug coalitions promote the wellbeing of their communities. Primary prevention activities are important components of an overall strategy for wellbeing. However, challenges to funding, implementation, and sustainability of primary prevention interventions can be barriers to successful prevention efforts. This webinar is designed for community-based organizations and anti-drug coalitions. The webinar will present the challenges and solutions for funding primary prevention and examples of community organizations that have sustainable programs and partnerships. New opportunities from the Affordable Care Act and some innovative funding from private investors will be highlighted.Two examples of successful coalitions and community partnerships will be presented. In Maine, the Five Town Communities that Care coalition has diversified its funding and become a major driver of community change. The Mental Health Association in Tulsa has developed a partnership with local schools to promote screening and early intervention. Both models will provide participants with concrete steps to take in their communities to work with other stakeholders to implement mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) prevention. 


Presenters: Fran Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; David L. Shern, PhD, Mental Health America; Sarah M. Steverman, PhD, MSW, University of Denver; D. Max Crowley, PhD, Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy; Dalene Dutton, MS, Five Town Communities that Care, Maine; Michael Brose, MSW, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma

May 31, 2011

The workshop is a hands-on introduction to economic analysis of prevention programs. Participants will learn alternative strategies for modeling, evaluating, managing, and systematically improving the costeffectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility of health and human services. In addition, participants will be introduced to a cutting edge benefit-cost software developed by Steve Aos and the State Institute for Public Policy. The target audience is researchers familiar with social science methods but new to economic analysis.


Speakers: Max Crowley, Penn State University; Laura Hill, Washington State University; Brian Yates, American University; & Steve Aos, Washington State Institute for Public Policy

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The PEPR Program housed at Penn State University offers training on economic evaluation, use of administrative data and performance-based financing. For more information about training opportunities with PEPR please contact us