Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
As a delivery system rather than substantive program, PROSPER attempts to foster implementation of evidence-based youth and family interventions, complete with ongoing needs assessments, monitoring of implementation quality and partnership functions, and evaluation of intervention outcomes to prevent onset and reduce use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and problem behaviors.
PROSPER was designed as a delivery system that could be built into and help direct collaborative work between Cooperative Extension systems and public school systems. Implementation of PROSPER is typically funded through a combination of in-kind support in the form of staffing from state and county cooperative extension systems and local community fundraising.
Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds
PROSPER helps to ensure that public funds supporting Cooperative Extension systems and local school districts are used effectively by helping to direct the work of staff in these systems toward sustained high quality implementation of evidence-based programs.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
States that have established state funding streams dedicated to supporting prevention or evidence-based programs may have administrative or quality dollars that can help support the PROSPER statewide infrastructure.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Formula Funds: Key formula grants focused on education and prevention of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse may be able to support staffing for the infrastructure or the implementation of selected evidence-based programs.
- Title I (Education): Title I can potentially support curricula purchase, teacher training, and teacher salaries in schools that are operating schoolwide Title I programs. Title I can also potentially support the implementation of selected school-based evidence-based programs or the co-leader staffing at the community level.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): OJJDP formula funds support a variety of improvements to delinquency prevention programs and juvenile justice programs in states. Evidence-based programs are an explicit priority for these funds, which are typically administered on a competitive basis from the administering state agency to community-based programs.
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (HHS): This source can fund a variety of substance abuse prevention activities and is a potential source of funding for evidence-based prevention programs in schools, depending on the priorities of the administering state agency.
Discretionary Grants: Federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have largely funded the initial development of the PROSPER system. This funding has been supplemented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Discretionary grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, or the Department of Justice that support the delivery of evidence-based programs to promote social emotional development and prevent substance abuse and juvenile delinquency may also be relevant. Examples include: School Climate Tranformation Grants (ED); Project Prevent (ED); and Investing in Innovation (ED).
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
PROSPER state teams typically work with their university development officer or university foundation to raise dollars from foundations and individuals.
At the local community level, teams typically raise a range of in-kind donations and small grants and donations from local foundations, civic organizations, and businesses.