Risk Focused Prevention

Risk-focused prevention is based on a simple premise: To prevent a problem from happening, we need to identify the factors that increase the risk of that problem developing and then Data from the KCTC Youth Survey can be used to help school and community prevention planners identify current levels of problem behaviors and the precursors (risk and protective factors) to those behaviors. By focusing prevention efforts on identified precursors, prevention planners can implement specific types of interventions that have been effective in either reducing the identified risk(s) or enhancing the identified protection(s) and evaluate their effectiveness. The following steps will help your school building, district, and community to make these essential decisions.

1. What should I look for in the numbers?

2. How do I decide if a number is unacceptable?

3. How do I decide which intervention(s) to employ?

4. How do I determine the effectiveness of the intervention?

Participation in the annual administration of the survey provides prevention planners with trend data necessary for determining the effectiveness of the implemented intervention(s) and also provides data for determining additional efforts which may be needed.