In June 2021, CPHSS began working with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) to develop a set of core competencies for effective coalitions. Core competencies are broadly defined as the knowledge and skills needed to do a job well. The goal of the core competencies project is to help coalitions and their members understand what knowledge and skills are important to effectively implement policy, systems, and environment changes to prevent and reduce substance use.
CPHSS has previously researched and written on coalition functioning as part of the Best Practices User Guides project. To develop coalition core competencies, our research team is conducting a literature review of scientific evidence on coalition effectiveness, interviewing substance use coalitions, and collaborating closely with coalition experts.